In Windows 10, you can set your password expiration date every 72 days and reset it. This feature is good for people who want to maintain their device security, and don’t want to use the same password for more than 3 months. With the increase of security flaws in computers, you might consider checking if your current password has been stolen, and if so, you might want to consider changing it.
Setting up a password for your computer every 72 days isn’t just what you should be doing, but making sure those passwords are hard to crack. With a strong password, the intruder will hardly break into your computer. If you want to change your Windows 10 password every 72 days they are two ways for it to go around; a Microsoft Account and local PC accounts.
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Set password expiration date with Microsoft account
Microsoft always recommends using a Microsoft Account to sign in on Windows 10 instead of your local account that isn’t associated with your email. With a Microsoft Account, you can set a password expiration date from your online account security settings. Once you enable the feature you will be able to set a new password every 72 days.
1. Go to your Microsoft account and click Change password at the top. You will be asked to provide your existing password, as well as a new one.
2. Enter your current password and type in a new password. Click the checkbox next to “Make Me Change My Password Every 72 Days,” and then click Save to apply your new password and expiration date.
Once you have successfully reset your password, your new password will expire every 72 days.
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Set up a password expiration date with a local account
If you don’t use a Microsoft Account you will probably be using the Windows local account on your Windows 10. To make the password expire after 72 days with your local account you will have to first disable settings that prevent your password from expiring.
1. To get started, right-click the Start menu, and then click “Run” or press Windows+R keys to open the “Run” box.
2. Type “netplwiz,” and then click “OK” to open your user account settings.
3. In the Advanced Tab click Advanced in the Advanced user management section to open the User Management tab.
4. Click “Users” in the menu on the left, and then right-click your user account on the PC.
5. Click on Properties to enter the advanced user settings for your local user account.
6. In the Properties menu, uncheck the “Password Never Expires” option, and then click “OK.”
The default age for a local account password to expire is in 42 days. You can leave it and change your password every 42 days or you can change it to any number of days you want.
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Set password expiration date with PowerShell
Unlike a Microsoft Account, you can set the password for your local account to expire at any time you want.
1. Right-click the Start menu, and then click “Windows PowerShell (Admin)” or “Command Prompt (Admin),” depending on your version of Windows.
2. Type “net accounts” to find the existing maximum password age for your local accounts.
3. If you want to change the password age (days) from the default 42 days to 72 or your preference, type “net accounts /maxpwage:72” and change “72” to any number of days you want to use.
Once the change is successful, the password age change will be used on your local account. When it’s time to reset your password, you’ll be prompted to change it.