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How To Set A Minimum Password Length in Windows 10

How To Set A Minimum Password Length in Windows 10 1

For your security, Microsoft already requires a minimum password length for all Microsoft accounts. Should you want to reinforce all local accounts, you can set a minimum password length for each user on Windows 10. Here’s how.

By default, when you create a new local user on Windows 10, the account doesn’t require a password. However, if you want to implement a minimum password length for everyone, there are a couple of ways to apply this prerequisite for the safety of your computer.

Home Users: Set a Minimum Password Length Via Command Line

First, you’ll need to run an elevated instance of Command Prompt. If you prefer using PowerShell, you can use that as well. The following command works virtually the same on either program, but be sure to click “Run As Administrator” if you choose to use PowerShell.

Click the Start button, type “cmd” into the search box, right-click on the “Command Prompt” result, and then select “Run As Administrator.”

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Fire up an elevated instance of Command Prompt.

At the prompt, type the following command (replacing “PassLength” with the minimum password length you want to apply):

net accounts /minpwlen:PassLength

Press the Enter key, and you’ll see a prompt telling you the command completed successfully.

Set a minimum password length with the following command.

Note: While you can technically choose anything from 1-20 characters in length, try to choose something that provides adequate security and doesn’t make it too difficult for users to remember their passwords.

Now, if you want to make sure it’s been applied, type in the following command and then press the Enter key to check:

net accounts
Verify that the minimum password length has been implemented.

To remove minimum password length, type in the following command to remove mandatory passwords for local accounts:

net accounts /minpwlen:0
Reset password length back to the default by setting it to a minimum length of "0."

To make your accounts even more secure, you can enforce a maximum password age, which gets users to generate a new password after a length of time.

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