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Windows Prompts You to Change Your Password Although No Password Was Configured

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Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

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After you upgrade to Windows XP Professional, you may receive the following error message:
Your password will expire in a number days. Do you want to change it now?
You may receive this message although you have never used a password.
To resolve this problem:
  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click User Accounts.
  2. Click your account name, and then click Create a password.
  3. In the Type a new password and Type the new password again to confirm boxes, type the password for your account.
  4. Click Create a password.
  5. Note that this step is optional. If you want to remove the password you just created:
    1. Restart your computer, and then log on to the computer by using the new password.
    2. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click User Accounts.
    3. Click your user account, and then click Remove the password.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.
More information
For additional information about a similar issue that has a different cause, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
322962 Windows Prompts You to Change Your Password Every Time You Log On

Article ID: 810877 - Last Review: 01/12/2015 21:08:03 - Revision: 2.0

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