How to schedule password changes in Windows 10.

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Hello! Windows 10 is a very popular operating system. Indeed, its users range from novices to advanced programmers. However, there is one common element for all of them. We are talking about security. This aspect is a fundamental concern at any level. Therefore, any additional measures to improve security are welcome. It is well known that it is possible to assign a password to each user. On the other hand, it is possible to assign an expiration date for this password. This increases security levels. Consequently, let’s see how to schedule the password changes in Windows 10.

Set the expiration date with the Microsoft account.

The vast majority of users manage Windows 10 with a Microsoft account. In fact, this is the default option to start using the operating system. Well, to edit the security settings of the Microsoft account, it is necessary to enter this link. Once there, please go to the Change Password option.

Entering Microsoft account security options.
Entering Microsoft account security options.

The system will then proceed to verify the identity via email or SMS.

Verify your identity to proceed with the process.
Verify your identity to proceed with the process.

A new page will then be displayed, where you have to enter the old password and the new one to confirm the changes. But the important section is the one related to the change of the password every 72 days. Please check the corresponding box to set the change.

Set expiration date with a local account.

To set a password expiration date for a local account, you need to set up the account. With this intention, press the Win+R combination to run the following command:

 netplwiz 
Run the command netplwiz
Run the command netplwiz

Once inside the user accounts, select the Advanced tab. Then press Advanced.

Enter the advanced section.
Enter the advanced section.

In the next window, click on the Users option in the left panel. This will display all available users. Then right-click on the selected user to enter the properties.

Enter the user's properties.
Enter the user’s properties.

Please uncheck the box next to Password never expires. In this way, it is possible to set the expiry date of the password.

Uncheck the box to expire the password.
Uncheck the box to expire the password.

Changes the password expiration date on the local user.

Upon completion of the above process, Windows sets the password expiration date to 42 days. If you want to change this value, then you have to edit the group policies. With this in mind, press the Win+R combination and run the following command:

 gpedit.msc 
Enter the Group Policy Editor
Enter the Group Policy Editor

The group policy editor will then be deployed. In order to set the password expiration date, please follow the path below: Computer Configuration>Windows Settings>Security Settings>Account Policies>Password Settings

Edit the expiration date.
Edit the expiration date.

Once in the menu, please double-click on the value Maximum password age. Change the value to set the days of validity of the password.

Sets the number of days the password is valid.
Sets the number of days the password is valid.

Conclusion

In the final analysis, we have seen how the schedule password changes in Windows 10. This measure allows increased control over system users. Consequently, it increases the security of the system. That’s all for now, I hope this post will be useful for you. Before I go, I invite you to review our article on the CudaText text editor.

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