How to Stop XP From Asking to Change the Password

Windows XP comes with built-in support for adding passwords to user accounts. If you leave the default settings, your password will be set to expire after 42 days. Starting 14 days before the password expiration date, Windows will ask you to change the password every time you log in. If you want to keep the same password and stop Windows XP from asking you to change the password, you will need to set an option in the Computer Management options.


    • 1

      Click on "Start," and then choose "Run." Enter the command "compmgmt.msc" and press the "Enter" key.

    • 2

      Open "Local Users and Groups," and then click the "Users" option.

    • 3

      Double-click on the account that Windows is asking to change the password for. Choose the "Password never expires" option. Click "OK" and close all open windows.

    • 4

      Reboot the computer to make sure the changes take effect.

Tips & Warnings

  • Setting passwords to never expire is not as secure as changing your password periodically.
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