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How to Change the Time to Warn a User to Change Password Before Expiration in Windows 8.1/8/7

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In Windows 8.1/8/7, we are allowed to enable Password Expiration to determine the period of time that a password can be used before the system requires the user to change it. By default, passwords of user accounts expire after 42 days and the password expiry notice occurs 5 days before the password expiration date in Windows 8.1/8/7. This is by design. But you can also change the time to warn a user to change password before expiration.

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How to Change the Password Expiry Notice Default Period in Windows 8.1/8/7?

In some complex network scenarios where security is considered as a major issue, you may want to modify password expiry notice default period in order to notify users about the expiration date. Here we offer 2 methods for you change password expiry notice default time and to do this, you need have the administrator privilege.

Method 1: Using Local Security Policy Manager

Local Users and Group Policy Manager is an easy way to modify password expiry notice default time. But it is only available for Windows 10/8.1/8 Pro and Enterprise editions and Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions.

  • Logon the computer with administrator account. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type lusrmgr.msc, and press Enter.
  • On Local Group Policy Editor, go to Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Local Policies > Security Options
  • In the right pane, double click on Interactive logon: Prompt user to change password before expiration.
  • Specify the duration you want users to start receiving notifications before expiration on the opened Window in Begin prompting this many days before password expires box. change password expiry notice default period in windows 8

Method 2: Using Registry Editor

Unlike Local Security Policy Manager, using Registry Editor you can change the time to warn a user to change password before expiration no matter what Windows edition you are using.

  • Logon the computer with administrator account. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and press Enter.
  • In regedit, navigate to the location below: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
  • In the right pane of Winlogon, double click on PasswordExpiryWarning.
  • Select "Decimal" and type in how many days you want Windows begin to warn a user to change password before expiration. change the password expiry notice default period in Windows 7

So, we have introduced 2 methods for you to change password expiry notice default period in Windows 8.1/8/7, hopefully can help you. 

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