How to remove the XP password policy

Written by jim campbell
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The local policy editor on your Windows XP computer controls security on the local machine, which includes password policy. This policy dictates things such as password length and other security measures, such as requiring users to change their passwords at specified times. However, if your Windows XP is a home computer, you may no longer need the advanced security. Using the local policy editor, you can disable any or all of the password policy features.

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  1. 1

    Click the "Start" button. Click "Control Panel," then double-click "Administrative Tools." In this window, double-click the "Local Policy Editor" to open a configuration window.

  2. 2

    Click the plus sign next to "Account Policies." This expands a list of options. Click the "Password Policy" icon to view a list of options in the centre detail pane.

  3. 3

    Double-click the policy you want to remove. For instance, double-click "Minimum Password Length." To disable this policy, enter "0" and click "OK."

  4. 4

    Reboot the computer after you disable each password policy you want to edit. The next time your computer boots, the changes will take effect.

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