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IMPORTANT: This article contains information about editing the registry. Before you edit the registry, make sure you understand how to restore it if a problem occurs. For information on how to do this, view the "Restoring the Registry" online Help topic in Regedit.exe or the "Restoring a Registry Key" online Help topic in Regedt32.exe.
When a user attempts to change his or her password from a computer running Windows NT, he or she is presented with the following error message:
Your password must be at least 0 characters long. Your new password
cannot be the same as any of your previous 0 passwords. Also, your site
may require passwords that must be a combination of upper case, lower
case, numbers, and non-alphanumeric characters. Type a password which
meets these requirements in both text boxes.
This problem occurs when the registry entry for strong passwords (PASSFILT) exists, but your current account policy has no password restrictions.
Passfilt.dll implements the following password policy:
WARNING: Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.
For information about how to edit the registry, view the "Changing Keys And Values" Help topic in Registry Editor (Regedit.exe) or the "Add and Delete Information in the Registry" and "Edit Registry Data" Help topics in Regedt32.exe. Note that you should back up the registry before you edit it. If you are running Windows NT, you should also update your Emergency Repair Disk (ERD).
For additional information, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/161990/EN-US/ )How to Enable Strong Password Functionality in Windows NT