Controlling the Way Account Passwords Are Used

User accounts can have three flags that control the way passwords are used with the account. You can specify that a particular person:

• Must change his password the next time he or she logs on.

• Cannot change his or her password.

• Has a password that never expires.

To manage these settings for passwords for a user account, follow these steps:

1. Click Starts-Control Panels-System and SecuritysAdministrative Tools.

2. Double-click Computer Management.

3. In Computer Management, double-click Local Users and Groups under System Tools and then select the Users node.

4. Right-click the account name and then select Properties. This displays a Properties dialog box for the account, as shown previously in Figure 18-12.

5. If you want this person to have to change his password the next time he or she logs on, select the "User must change password at next logon" checkbox.

6. If you don't want this person to be able to change his or her password, select the "User cannot change password" checkbox.

7. If you don't want this person's password to expire, select the "Password never expires" checkbox.

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