I need to keep the same password indefinitely for the administrator account on a Windows Server 2008 machine. I've found Start | Administrative Tools | Local Security Policy, but whether or not I run this as an administrator, the controls for editing things like 'Enforce password history' are greyed out. How can I edit the policy?

(I have the same problem when I access the console via gpedit.msc.)

  • This comes up waaay too often for service accounts.
    – joshudson
    Oct 6, 2011 at 15:39

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This is how i did it. (for others with the same question)

Start > Run > gpmc.msc

Right click

Default Domain Policy > Edit


Computer Configuration > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Account Policies > Password Policy

You will see the password policies.

Double click on one of them and change to your need!

You may need to run gpupdate for a fast group policy update.


I guess you're on a domain so local policy options aren't available - I think you need the Group Policy Management Console instead.

The path outlined in this earlier SF post is the way to go.

  • OS can't find gpmc.msc. Hm. Guess I need to do some research on Active Directory. Thanks for the lead, though. Jan 6, 2010 at 10:17

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