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  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by Calico View Post
    I think it's highly unlikely Windows changed your password, unless it was forced by a malware agent or it was via some corruption when entering/leaving 'sleep'. It's also strange that you've had problems with setting passwords with minimal complexity. This latter you can check:

    1. Open Control panel
    2. Select Administrative Tools
    3. Select Local Security Policy
    4. In the left pane, under Security Settings, select Account Policies/Password Policy
    5. In the right pane look at 'Password must meet complexity requirements' it should be disabled by default.

    One question, when you created your account, did you use a local account or a Live ID?
    Thank you. 'Password must....' was disabled.

    As far as I know, I used a local account. Since this is the first time I've used the Windows 8 installer, I may have clicked on something that I should not have.

    Control Panel -> User Accounts and Family Safety -> User Accounts reports:
    [My Name]
    Local Account
    Administrator
    Password protected

    I clicked on "Make changes to my account in PC settings" which sent me to a Metro app. There I tried to change my password to a simpler on. The message was "Next time you sign in, use your new password." When I clicked on "Finish", there was an additional message, "The password you entered doesn't meet password policy requirements. Try one that's longer or more complex." And even though the "Next time...." message is still displayed, the new simple password was NOT accepted.

    In my opinion, this is a bad design. (I worked some 40 years as a software engineer, and I've designed several user interfaces.) I would like to give some feedback regarding this to the designers (which should be the main point of this Consumer Preview release). Where do I go to do that? Or do you think they read these forums?

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  2. #12


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    You probably already provided feedback. I think MS "listens" to this forum but that's only my gut feeling.

    Anyhow, if you type secpol.msc in the start menu then press enter:

    Local Policies | Security Options

    Interactive login: Prompt User to change password before expiration 5 days

    and

    Account Policies | Password Policy

    has these settings:Click image for larger version
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by GMan View Post
    You probably already provided feedback. I think MS "listens" to this forum but that's only my gut feeling.

    Anyhow, if you type secpol.msc in the start menu then press enter:

    Local Policies | Security Options

    Interactive login: Prompt User to change password before expiration 5 days

    and

    Account Policies | Password Policy

    has these settings:Click image for larger version
    Yep, I have the same thing.
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