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#1 Mike Frankum

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 07:51 AM

First off, I realise that you cannot help bypassing passwords, but this question is a little different. For several days now, on booting, I received a message saying that I should consider changing my password, as it was near the expiry date. I was a little confused, as I live alone so had not set a password. I was concerned, so I actually set a password, then immediately deleted it. This seems to have solved the problem, but I do not understand just why it was a problem in the first place! Has anyone else experienced this? Why would this happen? (I apologise in advance if I am being dense.)

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 08:17 AM

Was this message a Windows message or possibly from a program or a website?
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#3 Mike Frankum

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 08:43 AM

It seems to have been a Windows message - as I said, creating and deleting a password for the administrator account seems to have solved the problem, but I just don't understand why Vista should suddenly demand that I change a password that didn't exist. I use Zone Alarm and AVG, so I don't think it was a malicious intruder or anything like that. I'm just worried that I may have done something wrong, and may do it again because I don't know what I did wrong in the first place.

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 09:16 AM

I use a couple of websites where you have to renew/change your password every 6 months or so, but I don't recall every getting a message reminder
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Posted 31 December 2008 - 09:47 AM

See the info in the link below for more info and how to change your settings.
http://help.isu.edu/index.php?action=knowl...&docid=1034

Can I change the Expiration Interval for Vista Logon Passwords?

The Default interval for logon passwords to expire in Vista is 42 days.

You can select anything between 1 and 999 days between expirations. If you select 0 (zero) the logon password will never expire, though you may manually change it at any time.

This is what the Windows Vista Security Setting says:
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#6 Mike Frankum

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 05:04 PM

Thank you Buddy215. I followed the guide as far as I could, but clicking on Administrative tools just took me to an empty folder. I've obviously deleted something I shouldn't have. Time for a re-install! Thanks for the advice anyway. Oh, and Happy 2009.

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 05:23 PM

That's a bummer.
Are you aware of the option to do a "repair install" rather than a reformat and reinstall?

Is there a chance that the file(s) you deleted are in the recycle bin?

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Edited by buddy215, 31 December 2008 - 06:16 PM.

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