Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Local user and groups - Windows 7 Tips

Using Local Users and Groups to Manage User Passwords in Windows 7

If you have multiple user on your local machine or manage workstations in an office, you might want to enable or disable their password protection for added security. Today we take a look at how to do it in Windows 7.

Note: Unfortunately this method does not work in Home versions of Windows. Also, these are stand alone machines and not part of a domain.

Manage Passwords in Vista & Windows 7

Here we will start with basic password management. Right-click on Computer in the Start Menu or from the Desktop icon and select Manage.

Navigate to Local Users and Groups \ Users and double-click on the user account where you want to manage password expiration.

In this example we used User_geek and we can select if they need to change the password on next login, disable them changing it, or password never expires. The process is essentially the same in Vista as well.

For User_geek we set their account to change the password on the next logon. So when they logon they’ll see the following message.

Since this is the first time they have logged on, there was no Password yet, but they will need to create one.

Password was successfully created

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