All the local users on a Windows PC need a user name and a password to login. There are other methods for login too such as bio-metric identification, but even then the user accounts have a password. Sometimes a user’s account is configured in such a manner that it starts to show a notification about changing the password within a certain number of days. If the user does not change the password in that specified period, the user will be forced to change the password on the Windows login screen.
While this is a great practice to periodically change the user passwords every few weeks or months, you can disable this feature for the users if the Windows PC is being used at home for casual things. Here is how you can disable password expiry for Windows user accounts:
- Press Win+R hotkey to open the Run dialog. Type lusrmgr.msc in the Run dialog and press Enter.
- This will open the local user management console. Select the Users category and then double-click on the user for which you want to disable password expiration.
- Select the checkbox labeled Password never expires and then click OK.
You can repeat the same steps for any number of users as you want for whom you wish to disable the password expiration. By default, Windows forces the users to change the passwords every 42 days (6 weeks). You will start to receive the password change notifications in the final week of this enforcement which is the sixth week for Windows 11 users.
There is another way to disable this password expiration for all the users in a single step. For that you have to open the group policy editor and change the password expiration time from 42 days to -1 which effectively disables the whole password expiration feature of Windows 10 and Windows 11.