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Keeping Your Passwords

Keeping Your Passwords

Did you know that Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate all have a built-in feature that allows user accounts to have password expiration dates? And the real problem comes in when your local user account has been set to expire a password, because there’s not an obvious place to change the setting. Luckily though, it’s very easy to do and if you’d like to learn how, please keep reading! (Note: This problem doesn’t exist in the Home editions of Windows).

First, in Windows Vista, open the Local Users and Groups administration panel by typing “lusrmgr.msc” (without the quotes) in to the Start menu search box. Select Users in the left hand pane and then double click on your user account. (In Windows XP, use the Run command instead of the search box).

On the next screen, you’ll find the Password Never Expires checkbox.

Make sure the box is checked and you won’t be forced to change your password anymore!

Now, if you’re using the Home edition of either Windows XP or Vista, you can download the User Manager for XP/Vista Home from XPHomeTools. It’s a shareware software, but you can use the trial version to disable your password expiration. You can download it right here.

I hope this tip has been helpful to you!

~ Ramachandran Kumaraswami