Windows 2012 Turn off Password Complexity

How to disable (turn off) the default Windows 2012 Administrator Complexity

1. Open the Administrative Tool

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2. This places you in the Administrative Tools section. Select Local Security Policy.

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3. Change the password Must Meet Complex Requirements option to Disabled.

In a Domain Environment, for an Active Directory Domain Server.

  • In the Server Manager click on Tools and from the drop down click Group Policy Management
  • Expand Forrest >> Domains >> Your Domain Controller.
  • Right click on the Default Domain Policy and click on the Edit from the context menu.
  • Now Expand Computer Configuration -> Policies -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Account Policies -> Password Policy
  • Double-click on the Passwords Must Meet Complexity Requirements option in the right pane.
  • Select Disabled  under define this policy setting:
  • Click Apply then OK all the way out and close the GPO window.
  • In order to refresh the policy type the following command: “gpupdate /force”  in the CMD window and click ENTER.

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15 Responses to Windows 2012 Turn off Password Complexity

  1. Visitor says:

    There is a step missing between 2 and 3

  2. Rick says:

    what if the Default Domain Policy edit option is greyed out? how to do enable it?

  3. Quentin Bennett says:

    The step missing between 2 and 3 is ‘Select Account Policies/Password Policy’

  4. Finneyiss says:

    I had the same error and it turned out the administrator password requirement was disabled. i had to turn it back on through net user. open command prompt type net user hit enter then type “net user administrator /passwordreq:yes”

  5. allan says:

    Group Policy not working but Local Security Policy works, why?

  6. Thyreme says:

    Best explanation ever

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