When booting up to the login screen, Windows may notify you that “your password has expired and must be changed”. This usually happens when you haven’t use the computer for a long time. In this post, we explains how to do in this “Password expired and can’t log into Windows” situation.
Situation 1: Password expired but you still remember the password
In some cases, even though you remember the password, you fail to change the expired password and get stuck in the logon screen. This happens because Windows doesn’t allow the user account the privilege of changing its password. If you run into this, you should do the following:
- Firstly, try to roll back the BIOS clock.
- Boot your computer into the BIOS setup mode.
- Set the BIOS clock back by one or two months until the password is not expired.
Situation 2: Password expired and you forgot the password
What’s worse, you’ve forgotten the password after a long time. Then you are unable to change the expired password from the logon screen. For this case, a trustworthy Windows password recovery tool is badly in need. Please do as the following says:
- Install Windows password recovery program on a workable computer.
- Burn a bootable CD/DVD, or USB.
- Reboot the password locked computer from the disk you just burned.
- Reset password.
Turn off password expiration in Windows 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista
When you’ve changed the password and log into Windows system, you can turn off password expiration so that you don’t need to suffer this annoying thing anymore.
To disable Windows password expiration, you have two options:
Option 1: Disable password expiration using Command Prompt
1). Open an elevated Command Prompt. In Windows 8/8.1, you can press Windows and X keys together. Then click on Command Prompt.
2). At the Command Prompt, run the following command which sets your Windows password to never expire:
net accounts / maxpwage : unlimited
Option 2: Turn off Password Expiration through GUI interface
1). Press Windows + R key combination to bring up the Run box. Type netplwiz or control userpasswords2 and press Enter. The User Accounts dialogue box will appear.
2). Click on Advanced tab in the user account.
3). Click on Advanced button in the Advanced user management window and it will open Local User and Group.
4). Double click the Users Folder in the Local User and Group.
5). Select your user account from the list and right click > select Properties
6). It will open another window, click on General tab and check the option of Password never expires.
7). Click on Apply and then click on OK button.