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Changing local password on WIndows 8 standalone pc

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Hi

ALl I want to do is change the password!
I've been all over google!!

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-ie/windows/change-password-policy-settings#1TC=windows-7

no matter what i change it to it says
"the password does not meet the password policy requirements....."
I've even tried complex passwords as a test - eg HOTmm???zz & rejects??
any ideas?
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by:John Hurst
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Is this Windows 8.1 and do you have an email login?  You may be trying to change the email password.

Try &&swert12Ws## and see if that works (just as a test).
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or change the password policy by going to run , gpedit.msc and change it
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If you are trying to change the password of a user on a domain, you will have to contact the domain admin to see what quailifications they have for  a secure password
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by:crangle22
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hi, it's not an email login. just a basic local account. the pc is standalone, not on a domain.

i ran gpedit.msc & Gpedit.docx

"Password must meet complexity requirements" is disabled.
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by:John Hurst
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First, did you try the password I suggested to see if that works.

Second, there now appears to be something wrong with your Windows 8 system. I can change passwords with no issue.

As a first step only, try running SFC. Open cmd.exe with Run as Administrator and run SFC /SCANNOW. Allow to complete and run again. Restart the computer and test.
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by:McKnife
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Please run rsop.msc, not gpedit.
If you find nothing in regards to complexity requirements, the machine has a defect.
I found once after experimenting with password policies, that they sometimes say "unconfigured" but the setting remained. Only way out: set a new pw policy, then reset it to unconfigured and retry.
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by:crangle22
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tried all that!
tried the complex password &&swert12Ws## & got same error
ran SFC /SCANNOW & rebooted. no joy!
ran rsop.msc. no joy :(
see attached files.
Rsop.docx
AfterScan.docx
Scanerror.docx
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by:John Hurst
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Start considering a Windows 8 Refresh. This keeps your data and original Windows 8 drivers and software but makes you reinstall later software (like Office). It may be the way you have to solve this problem.
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The refresh option keeps files but programs are lost (while the builtin-apps are kept). That's why I vote for doing an inplace-upgrade using the setup-DVD or setup-ISO-file. If that doesn't work out, you can do a refresh anytime later.
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by:crangle22
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lads, i just setup a 2nd profile & it seems ok now.
i didnt want to do a refresh as there was alot of software installed.
thanks for the help.
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