The Local Security Policy Editor appears.
Note that these passwords have no effect on any existing passwords. They only apply when you set a password on a new account, or when you change a password on an existing account.
You can also set the minimum password length at the command prompt, which is great if you're working on a Vista Home or Vista Home Premium machine. Here's how:
- Log on to the Windows Vista computer you want to work with.
- Select Start, type cmd.exe, right-click cmd.exe in the results, click Run as Administrator, and then enter your administrator's credentials to continue. The Administrator: Command Prompt window appears.
- Enter the following command, changing n to the minimum length you want to use:
net accounts /maxpwlen:n
With these policies in effect, if someone tries to change their password to something weak, they see a dialog box warning them that the system's policies require a stronger password.