The Microsoft Windows XP operating system is still used in some home and office computers. For computers that require more advanced password security, the network administrator can require password formats and change frequencies. These requirements are called password policies, and they are configured in the user's Windows XP registry editor. The requirements allow administrators to force certain passwords on the domain.
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Click the Windows Start button and select "Run." In the text box displayed, enter "regedit" and press the "Ok" button. This opens the Windows registry editor.
Navigate to the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Network" registry key. Right-click the "MinPwdLen" key and select "Modify." In the text box displayed, enter the minimum password length a user can use.
Navigate to the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Network" registry key. Right-click "AlphanumPwds" and select "Modify." Enter "1" into the value to require users to set alphanumeric passwords.
Navigate to the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Network" key. Right-click the "MaxPasswordAge" key and select "Modify." Enter the maximum amount of days the user can have the password without it expiring. For instance, if you set this value as "14," the user is forced to change the password every 14 days.
Close the Windows registry and reboot the computer.
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