How to Set a Minimum Password Length in Windows 11/10

Microsoft has provided variety of techniques to authenticate user over time. Microsoft account or fingerprint or passcode or PIN can be used to log in. 
To log in using these options, the user must enter password.
On Windows 10/11, local user account can be created without the requirement for password. This means that even if the user does not know the password, he or she can easily open and use the computer. The local user account can, however, be given password for security purposes. Setting minimum password length for local user account can be done to add password to that account.

In this article, we have covered two different ways to set a minimum password length in Windows 10,11.


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Method 1: Using the Group Policy

NOTE: This fix works only in Windows 10 Professional Edition.

Step 1: Open the Run Terminal

Step 2:  Type gpedit.msc and hit Enter

 

 

Gpedit Msc

 

 

Step 3: You can see that the Local Security Policy window opens.

Step 4: From the left-hand side menu, navigate to the below location. You can double-click on the selection to expand it.

Computer configuration > Windows settings > Security settings > Account policies > Password policy.

 


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Step 5: On the right-hand side, double-click on Minimum password length policy.

 

Gpedit Policy

 

Step 6: In the appearing window, under Password must be at least section, enter the desired password length that you want to set.

Step 7: Click on Apply and then click on OK.

 

Set Minimum Password

 

Step 4: Try signing out and signing in. If the changes are not reflected, consider restarting your system.

Method 2: Using Command Prompt

Step 1: Open Run Dialog holding Windows logo key and together.

Step 2: Enter cmd and press the keys Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open the Command Prompt with Admin Rights

 

 

Cmd

 

 

Step 3: In the User Access control window that shows up asking for permissions, click on Yes.

Step 4: In the command prompt window that opens, just type the below commands and hit Enter

net accounts /minpwlen:<MinimumPasswordLength>

 

If you want to set the minimum password length as 6, then the command should be,

net accounts /minpwlen:6

 

Command To Enter Minimum Password

 

Step 5: For some reason, if you want to change this setting, enter the below command and hit Enter.

net accounts /minpwlen:0

 

Reset The Minum Password Length

 

Method 3: Using PowerShell

Step 1: Open Run Dialog using Windows+R

Step 2: Type powershell and hit Ctrl+Shift+Enter to open PowerShell window in Admin rights

 

Powershell

 

Step 3:In the User Access control window that shows up asking for permissions, click on Yes.

Step 4: In the PowerShell window, enter the below command and hit Enter

net accounts /minpwlen:<MinimumPasswordLength>

 


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If you want to set the minimum password length as 6, then the command should be,

net accounts /minpwlen:6

 

Minimum Password

 

Step 5: For some reason, if you want to change this setting, enter the below command and hit Enter.

net accounts /minpwlen:0

 

Set Minimum Password To 0

 

That’s All.

We hope this article has been informative. Thank you for Reading.

Kindly comment and let us know the method that you liked the most.

 

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