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Customize the Password Change Notification for Windows 7

Friday, October 28, 2011

Since Windows NT 3.x, when your user password is 14 days from expiration, you receive a Password Change Notification when logging on requesting you to change your password. This has been the default behavior up to now. Windows 7’s password change notification setting is set to 5 days by default. If you wish to align your Windows 7 computers with others on the network, you can either modify the registry for the Windows 7 systems, or apply a local, or preferably, a group policy object if these Windows 7 systems are members of an Active Directory domain.

Option 1: Modify the Registry
  1. Run Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe).
  2. Navigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
  3. Add or modify the following entry: PasswordExpiryWarning: REG_DWORD
  4. Click OK and quit Registry Editor.

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Option 2: Apply a Local or Group Policy Object

  1. Modify the existing local computer policy, modify an existing group policy object, or create a new group policy object and apply it to the target OU containing the target computers.
  2. Navigate to the following path in the policy object
    • Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local Policies\Security Options
    • Find the entry: Interactive logon: Prompt user to change password before expiration
  3. Configure the attribute with the value that you require.
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