Data type Range Default value
REG_DWORD 0 | 1 0


Prevents the workstation from changing its computer account password automatically.

By default, Windows 2000 automatically changes the password on the local computer account at regular intervals. You can prevent automatic changes by setting the value of this entry to 1. A value of 1 does not prevent you from changing the computer account password manually or by using a program.

The time between automatic password changes is determined by the value of MaximumPasswordAge. The default value is 30 days.

Value Meaning
0 Windows 2000 automatically changes the computer account password at regular intervals.
1 Windows 2000 never changes the computer account password.

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This entry prevents the local computer from sending a password change to the domain controller. To prevent the domain controller from accepting any changes, set the value of RefusePasswordChange to 1.

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Disabling automatic password changes can make the system more vulnerable to malicious access. Frequent password changes can be a significant safeguard for your system.

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