Disable Strong Password Enforcement & Password Aging in Windows Server

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (R2) by default enforces Administrator users to use strong passwords. Normal home users usually do not need this password complexity policy when creating a password and using Windows. For whatever reasons, here are the steps to disable this password complexity requirements:

  1. From Start menu, click Run, enter gpedit.msc and press Enter or click OK button. In the Local Group Policy Editor window, expand Computer Configuration, then Windows Settings, then Security Settings, then Account Policies, and then finally click Password Policy.
  2. In the right pane, open by double clicking Password must meet complexity requirements and choose Disable. Click OK button to save the change. The system will no longer force you to use strong passwords and you can even use blank password.
  3. Optionally, you can choose to have a never expired passwords. To do this, with the Local Group Policy Editor window still open, in the right pane, open Maximum password age policy and set the value to 0 days. Click OK button to save the policy change.

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