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Botervloot

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Hey,

Can I manage it so that a password must be changed every 90 days on my laptop for some security?

If yes, how and what is the effect when you need to change it, can you do it before loggin in or must you do it first or need you to login and do it in the Control Panel?

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Wolfeymole

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If you want some serious security Botervloot then consider using a bios password.

I have one on my Acer laptop and when I start the machine the first thing that comes up is a message saying "Enter Current Password".

Bear in mind that this happens before Windows even boots up.

A bios password can be overcome, (an aspect that I am not prepared to talk about whatsoever), but when it comes to a laptop it's just not worth the effort to do so.
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Hi Botervloot,

Please specify your Windows version including the edition (Home, Pro, etc.) for a more accurate answer.

Edited by SleepyDude, 24 January 2013 - 08:49 AM.

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As sleepydude indicated, we need to know your operating system in order to provide the correct information / instructions.
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I have already offered the best security solution.
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I use Windows 7 Ultimate, 64 bits.
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while the bios password option is a good answer, it doesn't answer the users question. Once you are logged in, what happens if there is a virus that steals your password? Even worse, what if you use the same password for your online banking, email, facebook, and so forth? He could even just be security aware.

Windows 7 certainly makes you go through different steps than windows xp. I am going to assume you know how to create a user account (more assistance complete with screen shots found here.

Windows 7 default values for password expiration is 42 days. http://technet.micro...3(v=ws.10).aspx

check out the instructions for passage expiration

If you encounter any issues or have other questions please let us know.
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Hi Starjax,

Your link for howtogeek isn't working properly!

Edit: Now is ok :thumbsup:

Edited by SleepyDude, 24 January 2013 - 12:31 PM.

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Thanks, this an be closed!
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