TechRepublic member SALLY41
posed the following question in the Technical Q&A:
“How and where does one modify the ‘password is about to expire in X days’
alert in Windows? The alert comes up on the workstations 14 days before the
password expires. I would like to change the number of days before alerts are
broadcast to users.”


A pair of TechRepublic members responded with two different
options for changing the default Windows behavior.

BFilmFan posted,
“In a Windows 2000 or 2003 domain, this is contained in the GPO setting:
Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Local
Policies\Security Options\Interactive Logon: Prompt user to change password
before expiration. The setting should be the number of days before the password
expires in which you want the user to be warned. In the event the policy is not
set by a GPO in the domain, it may be found on the local system’s GPO.”

added, “Another option is to change the password expiry warning registry
key. Here is a link
for information on this process.” The following steps are based on the instructions
provided in that link:

  1. Open
    the Windows registry.
  2. Create
    or modify the key: PasswordExpiryWarning” in “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
  3. Enter
    the value (number of days before password expires that you want to notify
    users) and click the appropriate decimal or hexadecimal radio button (for
    example, e in hexadecimal equals
    14 days).


The text of discussion posts from TechRepublic members has
been slightly edited for spelling, punctuation, and clarity.