How to change password expiration for local users on Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 administrators can set password expiration days for local users using Local Security Policy editor. Generally it is not advisable to set password expiration for local users accounts on a personal computer. But you can do so, if you want to create a temp account for some reason and want to restrict user on password expiration.

Step 1: Launch Computer Management console on Windows 8.1 system.


Step 2: In the Computer Management screen, navigate to Local Users and Groups section.


Step 3: Select the user for which password expiration needs to be set.

Step 4: Make sure “Password never expires” option unchecked.


Step 5: Now type secpol.msc in Run dialog (Windows Key + R). This should launch the Local Security Policy editor.


Step 6: Navigate to Password Policy under Account Policies folder. Then double click Maximum password age option and set the required days in Password will expire in field


Step 7: Click OK button to apply and save the changes to Password Policy on Windows 8.1

In Category: Windows, Windows 8

Ravi Shankar

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  • Tim June 18, 2015, 9:22 pm

    Yeah, the whole Local Users and Groups doesn’t even show up in Windows 8.1 on the HP laptop I’m looking at, in Computer Management, so this whole set of instructions does-not-apply. Thanks anyway.

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