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disable server minimum password requirements

If you are working with a Window Server (eg. Windows Server 2008) and do not wish to deal with the strict password rules like that it must be a certain length, must have special characters, etc. you can disable those requirements:

  • Open a command prompt

  • Type "secedit /export /cfg c:\temp.cfg" and hit enter (without the double quotes)

  • Edit c:\temp.cfg in your favorite ASCII editor (like Notepad)

  • Change the line "PasswordComplexity = 1" to "PasswordComplexity = 0"

  • Change "MinimumPasswordLength = 7" to a smaller value.

  • Save and close the file

  • Open up the command prompt again and type "secedit /configure /db %windir%\security\local.sdb /cfg c:\temp.cfg /areas SECURITYPOLICY"

Now the system will not force you to have passwords that must be complex.
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