I'm issuing some "net user" commands to setup a local user on my desktop for some testing purposes and require setting a password longer than 14 characters. In doing so Windows barks back a propmt to confirm the long password, and I'm wondering if anyone knows how to suppress that prompt and force the long password to be set. You can see the prompt I'm speaking of by issuing the following command...

net user MyUser MyPasswordIsReallyLong /ADD

It triggers the following prompt

The password entered is longer than 14 characters. Computers with Windows prior to Windows 2000 will not be able to use this account. Do you want to continue this operation? (Y/N) [Y]:

Also, could one of the more senior members help create the following tag: net-user

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Apparently you can add


and the shell knows to interpret that as supplying a default answer of "yes" to the prompt.

net user MyUser MyPasswordIsReallyLong /ADD /Y
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    Thanks, is this an obscure shell feature... or part of net because it's not documented clearly... At least not to me.
    – jonasfj
    Commented Jun 9, 2015 at 17:17
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    /Y is totally not documented in the net.exe help system
    – shufler
    Commented Feb 16, 2016 at 23:36
  • @shufler, I know it's maddening, I wound up taking inspiration from the copy/xcopy examples: /Y Suppresses prompting to confirm you want to overwrite an existing destination file.
    – jxramos
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 1:49
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    The good news is /Y is a common convention and that it works suggests the developer/designer of NET.EXE was smart. :) This wouldn't be the first discrepancy with the documentation though.
    – shufler
    Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 18:17
  • FYI, "/Y" does not work on Windows 2016 server
    – Aleks G
    Commented Sep 27, 2020 at 12:33

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