Is your user account expired on Windows 10? In this guide, we’ll be showing you what to do if and when your user account expires on Windows 10.
Basically, a local user account on Windows 10 is accompanied by a password, which, by default, is designed to expire after a specific period of time (usually 30 days). When this happens, you would have to change or reset your password to regain access to your PC. And for convenience, you can even set your password to “never expire”.
However, in the event that a user account expires, what do you do? We’ll be bringing you some proven solutions in this article.
Here’s what to do if your user account has expired on Windows 10
1. Disable password expiration
If your user account is expired, perhaps you can fix the issue simply by disabling password expiration. This is fairly simple to do, and you can do it by following these steps:
- On the desktop window, press Windows Key + R keys to open the Run dialog box.
- Enter lusrmgr.msc and press Enter to open the Local Users and Groups Manager.
- Locate and select Users.
- Click on the user account you want to disable its password expiration.
- On the Properties window of the selected user account, go to the General.
- Locate the Password never expires option and check the box next to it.
- Save changes and restart the PC.
You can also disable the password expiration via Command Prompt. This action could be a little tricky, especially for tech novice. So, be careful and ensure you don’t execute a different command.
Follow the steps below to disable password expiration on user account (on Windows 10) via Command Prompt:
- Open the Start menu.
- In the Start menu, locate and select All Apps.
- Go under Windows System and click on it (to expand it).
- On the displayed options, right-click on Command Prompt.
- Select Run as administrator.
- In the Command Prompt, type in wmic UserAccount where Name=’username’ set PasswordExpires=False and press Enter.
- Once you get Property update successful, you are all set!
This action will ensure the user account‘s password is never expired.
In the event that a user account is set to expire at a specific time, you can try the next solution to reset the user account to “never expire”.
2. Disable user account expiration
While password expiration requires you to only reset/change the password to access your PC, user account expiration wholly restricts your access. If your user account is expired, just do the following:
- Open the Start menu.
- Locate and select Administrative Tools.
- On the displayed window, select Active Directory Users and Computers.
- Locate and expand your user account (domain) name.
- Go under the Users tab, and right-click on the user name.
- On the list of options, select Properties.
- Navigate to the Account tab, and select Never under Account Expires.
- Click Apply > OK (at the bottom of the display window).
- Exit the window.
Once this process is complete, your user account can now run unhindered (without expiring).
If your user account is expired you might have some issues logging in to your user account and using your PC. However, you should be able to fix that by using one of these solutions.