Solved How To Change Password Hint Only - Not Password

Dell / Inspiron one 2320
February 7, 2019 at 06:39:08
Specs: Windows 7, 3.3 GHz / 4001 MB
Is it possible to change just the Password Hint on Windows 10?

If a user sets a decent password but then uses a password hint that is too revealing, can just the hint be changed or is the user forced to also change the password?

If the password must be changed, can the user reset the password back to current one, perhaps after x number of password changes, or is the current one locked forever, short of recreating the user's account?

Thanks for any advice you have to offer.

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#1
February 7, 2019 at 07:59:01
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DerbyDad03: [C]an just the hint be changed or is the user forced to also change the password?
There's no supported way to do this short of changing the password. Probably because it's touching the part of the registry where the passwords are stored.

DerbyDad03: [C]an the user reset the password back to current one . . . or is the current one locked forever?
The option's called "password history," and it's up to your workstation administrators to set the number of previous passwords Windows will remember. Valid range is 0 to 24.

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#2
February 7, 2019 at 08:42:34
Thanks. Found it.

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

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#3
February 7, 2019 at 15:29:20
"Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Security Settings\Account Policies\Password Policy"
Nice searching DerbyDad03.

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#4
February 7, 2019 at 15:53:03
Where is that?? In the Registry??? Or where???

If it is in the Registry, which hive is it in?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#5
February 7, 2019 at 16:00:54
"Where is that?? In the Registry??? Or where???"

Windows Settings\Security Settings\Account Policies\Password Policy windows 7
http://bit.ly/2DeitCs

Open the Local Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc).


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#6
February 8, 2019 at 01:59:38
Ah! Group Policy Editor! I knew it exists, but I don't have it
so I didn't think of it.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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#7
February 8, 2019 at 15:01:58
If you happen to have Windows Home that doesn't have Group Policy Editor. There might be a registry method if you look around Google.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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