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Windows password is set an expiration time. Users may forget the frequently changed login password. But what should we do if Windows 10 password expires or password expiration time needs to be changed. Some practical methods will help you solve the problem you encounter.

Generally speaking, we frequently update Windows password to get a protection personal privacy. But sometimes it’s easy to forget the constantly changed correct password and even Windows doesn’t accept password because it has expired. What we have to do is to reset password. Firstly, let’s get to know the reason of Windows password will expire.

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Reasons of Windows 10 Password Expired

Local Users and Groups sometimes will lead to Windows loign password expire. This is because the password was set an expiration time. And Windows will remind you to change the password when it is invalid or it has expired.With default configuration, the maximum password age is 42 days. For two weeks in advance, you will receive an alert message “Your password will be expired in 14 days”. If you’ve ignored this message, please refer to the following instructions on how to check the password validity.

Tips: Instructions on how to check the password age: 1. Use shortcut “Win + R” to open “Run”. 2. Type in cmd, and press “Enter” to open Command Prompt. 3. Type in net user xxxx (xxx refers to your user name of your account). check password expiration time

It’s believed that now you have a better understanding of Windows 10 password expiration. If your Windows 10 password expired and you don’t have a permission to access your PC, you can try the following solutions to fix it.

How to Fix the Expired Windows 10 Password?

Solution #1: Change Password on Windows 10 Login Screen

Step 1: When you get the message “Your password has expired and must be changed”, just click “OK” to go on.
Step 2: Type your old password and new password. Then click the right arrow.
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Step 3: After the password has been changed, click “OK”. Now you can use the new password to access Windows 10.

If you forget your old password or the password cannot be changed, it is suggested to use the second solution to reset password. The whole process just takes five minutes, and you can sign in your computer again.

Solution #2: Remove Password with Professional Passwrod Reset Tool – Renee Passnow

More about Renee Passnow

Whole password reset process takes only 4 simple steps without damaging data inside! Do not require any professional knowledge or possible password combinations.

For local account and administrator, Renee Passsnow will remove the password directly.

For Microsoft account, Renee Passnow will turn the Microsoft account into local one and reserve all data inside the account.

Renee Passnow can help to recover data or transfer data inside the disk without running Windows.

Compatible with: Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, XP.

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people has downloaded and reset the password successfully!

Here are detailed steps on how to reset login password with Renee PassNow.

Step 1: Download and install Renee PassNow in any workable Windows computer. 

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Step 2: Choose creation method, USB or CD/DVD.

Select one option from [Crate a Live USB] and [Create a Live CD]. Then, select [x64] or [x86] according to your computer. Next, click on [Download Now] to download the licensed ISO. Remember to activate the software beforehand. After that, click on [Create USB] to create the boot media.
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Step 3: Boot the target PC from the created password reset USB/CD/DVD.

You will boot the target computer via a new created reset disk. Firstly, please hold a hot key to enter the BIOS menu and put CD-ROM or Removable Devices as the first choice. Please click here to know about how to change the boot order of your computer. After changing it successfully, please remember to save your setting and then restart your PC.

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Step 4: Select “PassNow!”.

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Step 5: Choose target account and then click “Clear Password”.

You can also recover Microsoft account in Windows 10/8.1/8. That is, Renee PassNow will convert the Microsoft account to a local account and the data or files inside it will still exist. After the software says that password is reset successfully, you can directly press “Enter” key to access Windows.

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Besides, you can also create a new administrator to quickly access your PC. Please click “Create new account”.

The created administrator account named “Reneelab” with administrator rights, and its default password is “123456789”. You are able to change the password of target account with this new created administrator.

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After applying the methods mentioned above, it’s believed that your computer will finally sign in safe mode and will not receive an error message. If you forget the password to access Windows, you can also use Renee PassNow to recover it. It just takes 5 minutes!

How to Disable or Change Windows 10 Password Expiration Time?

Disable Target User Account’s Password Expiration

1. Right click on “This computer”. Then click on “Manage” to open “Computer Management”. 2. Click on “Local Users and Group” on the left side and select “Users”. 3. Double click the target user account, select “Password never expires” and then click “OK”.

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Change Target User Account’s Password Expiration Time

1. Press “Win + R” to open “Run” and then type in “gpedit.msc” in the pop up window. Click “OK” to open Local Group Policy Editor. 2. Select them in order: Computer Configuration → Windows Settings → Security Settings →Account Policies → Password Policy. 3. Double click the “Maximum password age” and “Minimum password age” and then change the password expiration time. Tips: It’s suggested to set password expiration time between 30 and 90 days, depending on your environment.

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