- Set the minimum password Length
- Set Alphanumeric Windows password
- Limit the Maximum password age
- Set the password expiry warning period
- Set the password history
Setting up the Minimum Password Length:
You can set the minimum password length in Windows XP also. Navigate to the following registry key:
Create a new REG_BINARY (Binary Value) MinPwdLen and set the minimum password length.
Set Alphanumeric Windows password:
Windows by default will accept normal passwords also. To restrict the password to be a alphanumeric password, add a new registry key. Navigate to the following registry key:
Create a new REG_DWORD (DWORD Value) and name it as AlphanumPwds and set the value data to 1.
Limit the Maximum password age:
Navigate to the following registry key:
Create a new REG_BINARY (Binary Value) and name it as MaxPasswordAge. Set the value to 20 or 30, so that you need to change the password by that number of days.
Also, you can make Windows notify to change the password before expiry. To set the number of days, go to the following key:
Create a DWORD value called PasswordExpiryWarning. Set the Number of Days (Default = 14.)
Enforce password history:
This setting will remember your previous passwords and will not allow you to assign the same password. For example, if you set the value to 3, the new password that you want to assign now should not be the same in the last 3 passwords.
Alternatively, you can go to the Password Policy to set all these values. Following are the steps:
Click Start, Control Panel.
Double click Administrative Tools.
Double click Local Security Policy.
Expand Account Policies and select Password Policy.
In the details pane, double-click the item that you want and set the value.
Article ID: 555540 - Last Review: Feb 14, 2017 - Revision: 1