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How to Disable or Enable Windows 10 Password Expiration

Of the many computer operating systems available, Windows 10 is one of the most popular. One of its features that isn’t known as much as it should, is the Password Expiration feature. And rightly so because it is disabled by default. The feature allows you to expire a password after a certain duration of time hence the “windows 10 password expired and must be changed”. This article outlines how to disable or enable Windows 10 password expiration. Though most users do not fancy creating a different password after getting used to it, the password expiration feature can be useful.

Method 1: Disable/Enable Windows 10 Password Expiration via Computer Management

To disable password expiration Windows 10 Home using computer management, follow the procedure below.

Step 1: To open Computer Management, launch file manager, right-click This PC > Manage.

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Step 2: Under “System Tools” click “Local Users and Groups” then click “Users”.

Step 3: In the middle section, click the username of the account whose password you wish to expire.

Step 4: Check the “Password never expired” checkbox, click “Apply” then “Ok”.

password never expires

To enable password using computer management, simply uncheck the “Password never expires” checkbox click “Apply” then “Ok”.

Method 2: Using Elevated Command Prompt to Fix Windows 10 Password Expired Cannot Login

If for any reason, you can’t access computer management, you can use elevated command prompt. Follow the procedure below.

Step 1: Open elevated command prompt by searching it on Cortana search bar, right-clicking the result and clicking Run as Admin.

Step 2: Type: wmic UserAccount where Name='User Name' set PasswordExpires=False. And press Enter.

Note: Replace the words ‘User Name’ with the user name of your account. Everything else is as written.

Step 3: The notification “Property(s) update successful” shows that you have successfully disabled the password of the name you set.

Note: To disable password expiration for all users’ type: wmic UserAccount set PasswordExpires=False and hit Enter.

To enable password expiration type: UserAccount where Name='User Name' set PasswordExpires=False and press enter. Replace the words ‘User Name’ with the user name of the account whose password you wish to expire.)

Method 3: Using netplwiz to Solve Windows 10 Password Notification Not Showing

Step 1: Launch the run utility by pressing Windows and the R key on your keyboard simultaneously. Type “netplwiz” and hit Enter.

run netplwiz

Step 2: Click the “Advanced” tab and under “Advanced user management” click the “Advanced” button.

user accounts advanced

Step 3: Click “Users”. In the middle section select your account and check the “Password never expires” checkbox. Click “Apply” then “Ok”.

disable password expiration netplwiz

Method 4: Using Local Group Policy Editor

Step 1: Launch Local Group Policy Editor by pressing the Windows button and R key on your keyboard simultaneously, typing gpedit.msc and hitting Enter.

Step 2: Click Computer configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings Account Policies > Password Policy.

local group policy editor

Step 3: Click “Maximum password age” and set it to 0.

maximum password age

Step 4: Click “Apply” then “Save”.

Alternatively, after getting to step 2, click “Expiration” and select one of either “Enabled” or “Disabled”.

enable pin expiration in windows 10


If your Windows 10 password expiration notification not showing ensure that the taskbar notifications are enabled. If Windows 10 password expired cannot login boot your computer in safe mode and use the admin account. Users who’ve forgotten their Windows login passwords can use Windows Password Key to recover and reset them.

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