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I am deep *** right now and I need your precious help!

Yesterday, I change a user account password in AD (Srv2003). The password was 4 letters, no caps, no numbers. It was set to never expires and no one can change it.

I changed it for a 8 caracters, caps and digits...

So now, we need to have the 4 letters password back. But even if we delete the policy, even if I unlink it, unforce it and force the gpupdate, I can't set the short password on this account!!!!

I've been looking for many and many solutions but nothing can help me this morning.

This: cannot fix my problem... still can't change the password.

Please everyone, I need your help!


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Check to see if you can create a new account with a four character password. This will tell you if the issue is with password length or password age. – Carl C Oct 1 '09 at 15:53
up vote 2 down vote accepted

This is usually caused by the Minimum Password Age has not passed yet

See here for further info:

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The password policy has been deleted and perform GPUPDATE /FORCE. Even when I repliacted the servers and updated the policy, I'm still unable to change the password for a 4 letters one... And the second link is about Vista. I don't have any vista WS on my network. Thanks a bunch! D. – r0ca Oct 1 '09 at 15:13
The seond one mentions its about Vista, but that setting holds true for Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 – mrTomahawk Oct 1 '09 at 15:33
Ok! It's now fixed. After several gpudate and some reboots and maybe, 30 minutes later, the password may now be changed. I re-enabled the password policy and now it's fine! Thanks! – r0ca Oct 1 '09 at 15:50

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