Passwords must meet complexity change Windows server 2008

Go to a command prompt

  1. Type ‘secedit /export /cfg c:\local.cfg’ and hit enter
  2. Using notepad, edit c:\local.cfg
  3. Look for the line “PasswordComplexity = 1” and change it to “PasswordComplexity = 0”
  4. You can also edit “MinimumPasswordLength = 7” to a lesser value if you like.
  5. Save the file
  6. At a command prompt type ‘secedit /configure /db %windir%\security\local.sdb /cfg c:\local.cfg /areas SECURITYPOLICY
  7. This will apply the new settings and refreshing the gpedit.msc should reflect the new settings
  8. Set your new less complex password!
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