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In this article, learn how to configure password expiration in Windows 10, using lusrmgr and Security Policy Editor snap-ins.

By default, user accounts in Windows 10 have no password expiry. This means, users can use same password for infinite amount of time. But if password expiry is enabled, by default, users password will expire in 42 days. This guide will show you how to configure password expiration and set a desired expiry time for password.

The password expiration is valid for local users accounts only. It is most crucial security aspect for domain connected systems, where users are usually required to change passwords on a regular basis. So if you’ve switched your local account to Microsoft account, password expiration is not applicable to it.

One must have administrative privileges to configure password expiration. If you’re on administrator account, here’s how you can configure password expiration for other accounts on your Windows 10.

How To Configure Password Expiration In Windows 10

FYI: These steps will only work in Windows 10 Pro, Education and Enterprise editions.

1. Press W8K + R and type lusrmgr.msc in Run dialog box to open Local Users and Groups snap-in. Click OK.

Local Users and Groups

2. In the lusrmgr window, double click on Users. Now right click on the other user account, select Properties.

How To Configure Password Expiration In Windows 10

3. On the property sheet, uncheck Password never expires option. Click Apply, OK. Close Local Users and Groups snap-in.

How To Configure Password Expiration In Windows 10

4. Press Windows Key + R and put secpol.msc in Run dialog box. Click OK to open Security Policy snap-in.

Local Security Policy Editor

5. Then in Security Policy snap-in window, navigate here:

Security Settings > Account Policies > Password Policy

How To Configure Password Expiration In Windows 10

6. In the right pane of Password Policy, look for policy setting named Maximum password age. Double click on the policy and set it equal to number of days in which you want to let user password expire. Click Apply followed by OK.

How To Configure Password Expiration In Windows 10

7. Now when users attempt to login after number of days you specified in the password policy, they’ll see following message:

Your password has expired and must be changed.

How To Configure Password Expiration In Windows 10

8. Clicking OK button will let users change the password:

How To Configure Password Expiration In Windows 10

So this is how you can configure password expiration for users accounts in Windows 10.

That’s it!


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