• How-to enable blank passwords in Windows

    by  • 2009/05/14 • 7, How-to, Vista, Windows, XP • 5 Comments

    If you set up a user account in Windows and you want to allow the user account to have a blank password you may find it a little difficult. In order to accomplish this you probably need to change a couple settings in Windows.

    The error message you probably got is:

    The password does not meet the password policy requirements. Check the minimum password length, password complexity and password history requirements.

    To allow a blank password go to Start -> Run and type in gpedit.msc then hit enter.
    You should get a window that pops up and has a whole bunch of settings you may have never seen before. On the left side expand Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Account Policies and then click on Password Policy. On the right side you will need to change a few of the settings.
    The three settings you will need to change are Maximum password age, Minimum password length, and Password must meet complexity requirements. Change maximum age and maximum length both to zero and disable the complexity requirements. Once you have these three settings changed you can just close out the window and now you should be able to set a blank password for your user account.
    If you cannot change these settings you may be joined to a domain which has these settings locked down. I can’t help you there, but this should help in most other cases.
    Let me know if this helps, or doesn’t help, in the comments.


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    5 Responses to How-to enable blank passwords in Windows

    1. Lopezzi
      2009/05/17 at 06:23

      I didn’t think you needed to change the Password age for this to work. Or at least I didn’t think you had to in XP. Vista might have changed some things though. Just FYI

    2. 2009/05/17 at 08:31

      Password age just stops the password from expiring after 180 days. Cause then it will ask you to change your password and unless you also change enforce password history to 0 you won’t be able to set a blank password again.

    3. ricardo
      2010/07/08 at 13:06

      Thanks for the tip
      You do have to set Max pass age to 0 on Windows 7 for this to work.

    4. Gabe
      2013/11/20 at 17:32

      Will a blank password also accept any password as well? Just curious if that’s possible.

      • 2013/11/21 at 00:43

        Yes, this method just removes any restrictions on what the password can be.

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