Adding Password Complexity - Effect on existing passwords

We are running a Windows 2008 domain.  We need to implement password complexity via group policies.  How will this effect existing users?  Any reference links would be great incase this change goes sideways :)

Thank You,


September 19th, 2013 5:30pm

Users will not be affected until they change their password. You could force users to change their password on next logon to implement the policy immediately.

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September 19th, 2013 6:23pm


I agree with SCCMentor, it will not prompt you to change your password (Policy will not affect your account as long as you don't personnally innitiate a password change). But if you voluntarily decided to change your password, then the new policy will take effect your your account.  This will take effect only for New passwords, or existing users who decide to change their passwords.


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September 20th, 2013 4:24am

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