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When strong password functionality is enabled on a Windows NT 4.0 computer,an Administrator will still be able to change a password, with the UserManager tool, in such a way that it no longer meets the criteria for strongpasswords.
This behavior is by design. Strong password filtering is performed whenpassword change requests arrive over the network, and weak passwords arerejected at that time. Direct changes to the security account manager (SAM)database are not filtered.