Password error despite no password policy

We created a Default Domain policy at domain root level that enforced complex passwords for all our users. We then decided for various reasons that we wanted our users to be allowed once again to use simple passwords, so we disabled 'Passwords must meet complexity requirements' in Computer Configuration/Windows settings/Security settings/Account policies/Password policy. All other policies in this area are 'Undefined'.

The problem is that when we as Admins attempt to change a user's password (to a simple password) in AD, we get the message that 'the password does not meet password policy requirements - check the complexity, minimum password length and history requirements'. This does not make sense to me, as there is now no password policy set at any level in the Domain. Any ideas?
I've seen this where you may have to manually reset each users' account within Active Directory Users and Computers. There might be a quicker way; but when this happened to me, this is what I (painfully) had to do.

Additional Expert Help: Be sure to check our Answer FAQ for more expert advice. For faster answers, visit ITKnowledge...


This was first published in January 2005

Dig Deeper on Microsoft Group Policy Management



Find more PRO+ content and other member only offers, here.

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.



Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:









  • VDI assessment guide

    Wait! Don't implement VDI technology until you know your goals and needs. A VDI assessment should consider the benefits of a VDI ...

  • Guide to calculating ROI from VDI

    Calculating ROI from VDI requires a solid VDI cost analysis. Consider ROI calculation models, storage costs and more to determine...

  • Keep the cost of VDI storage under control

    Layering, persona management tools and flash arrays help keep virtual desktop users happy and VDI storage costs down.