How to Disable a Windows Password Policy
You can disable a Windows password policy by editing the Local Group Policy Editor. The policy editor is only available to Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate, Enterprise and Professional users. The Local Group Policy Editor is part of the Microsoft Management Console and works as a snap-in to edit your computer and user configuration data and settings. You must be logged on as a Windows administrator to access and edit policies in the Local Group Policy Editor.
Log on as Administrator
Click on the "Start" orb on the lower left-hand corner of your screen, type "cmd" in search bar at the bottom and press "Enter."
Type "net user administrator /active:yes" without the quotations and press "Enter." Be sure to type the words exactly as shown, including spaces.
Click on the "Start" orb again and click the arrow next to "Shut Down" on the right-hand side. Click on "Log off" and choose the Administrator profile that shows up.
Open Policy Editor
Click on the circular "Start" orb on the lower left-hand corner of your screen and type "gpedit.msc" without the quotations in the search bar at the bottom. Press "Enter."
Click "Yes" if you get a message prompting you for your permission to access the program.
Right-click on the words "Default Domain Policy GPO" on the top left-hand panel, and then click on "Edit."
Double-click "Computer Configuration," "Windows Settings," "Security Settings," "Account Policies" and "Password Policy," in that order, from top to bottom.
Double-click on "Enforce password history" on the editor's right-hand panel under "Policy Setting," type 0 and click on "OK." Repeat this (by typing 0) for the "Maximum password age," "Minimum password age" and "Minimum password length."
Double-click "Password must meet complexity requirements" on the right-hand side under "Policy." Click on the "Disabled" option under "Policy Setting" and click on "OK."
Click on the "X" button in the upper right-hand corner. Your Windows password policy is now fully disabled.
Tips & Warnings
- If you don't have the right version of Windows, the editor will say "MMC couldn't create the snap-in." This is normal, but you won't be able to editor the policy editor.