Changing Password policies in Server 2008

I have been using Windows 2008 Server Standard as my operating system of choice at home for quite a few months now, and twice I have had to change my password due to the security policy in place by default. This setting forces you to change your password every 42 days. Anyway, up until now I had been too lazy to disable the policy. So for those of you who don’t know where to do this, here is how.

Go to Start – Run, and type in gpedit.msc

Click OK.

Expand the following branches by clicking the little arrow signs next to each one :

Computer Configuration – Windows Settings – Security Settings – Account Policies – and then finally,  Password Policy

Select Password policy, and on the right hand side list double click (or right click – properties) on “Maximum Password Age”

Change this to setting to 0, and then click OK.

Close the Group Policy editor, and from now on you won’t have that annoying mandatory password change every month or so.



  1. Rajeesh, you more than likely don’t have the correct privileges on the server to change the settings you want to. Have you got an IT admin where you are that can help you look into it for you?

  2. my problem is every 42 days password is expiring , but i try to change password but , local security settings is disable, then how can i change the options.

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