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Remove Password Complexity Requirements in Windows 11


As per the Windows Password Complexity requirements, the Password must be set on the basis of the following details:

  1. Password must be 6 or more characters long.
  2. Must contain both uppercase (A-Z) and lowercase (a-z) characters.
  3. Must Contain Symbols (such as: #, @, etc)
  4. The user’s account name or more than two consecutive characters from the user’s complete name cannot be included in the password.

You appear to want to create a simple password, but Windows is denying to let you do so, instead, showing the following error message:
Password does not meet complexity requirements“.

By the end of this article, you’ll be able to disable password complexity in Windows 11:


Step 1: In the Start menu, type “Edit Group Policy” and hit the enter key.

local group policy app icon in windows 11
Group Policy App

Step 2: Navigate to the following path:
Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Account Policies > Password Policy and double-click the “Password must meet complexity requirements” option.

navigate to password policy and select the password complexity requirements option in group policy
Password Complexity Requirements

Step 3: To disable the password complexity, check the “Disabled” option and click the “Apply” button.

disable password complexity and click the apply button in group policy
Disable Password Complexity (Group Policy Editor)

Step 4: To make changes take effect without restarting the computer, run the Command Prompt as an administrator and type the command: gpupdate /force.

update local group policy command after resetting group policy in windows 11
Update Local Group Policy Command

Step 1: In the Start menu, search for Security Policy and hit the enter key or press the Windows + R” key combination to open Windows Run and type: secpol.msc.

Step 2: Navigate to the following path:
Account Policies > Password Policy and double-click the “Password must meet complexity requirements” option.

navigate to password policy policy settings and select the password complexity requirements option in security policy
Password Complexity Requirements

Step 3: To disable the password complexity requirements, check the “Disabled” option and click the “Apply” button.

disable password complexity and click the apply button in security policy
Disable Password Complexity (Security Policy)

Step 4: To make changes take effect without restarting the computer, run the Command Prompt as an administrator and type the command: gpupdate /force.

update local group policy command after resetting group policy in windows 11
Update Local Group Policy Command

How to fix password complexity option greyed out in Windows?

In the Group Policy Settings, navigate to Computer Configurations > Policies > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Account Policies, double-click the Password Policy option, and enable it.


Next Steps

We’ve covered how to remove Windows 11 password complexity requirements. You can use any one of the methods listed above.

A password must be strong enough to withstand guessing and cracking attempts in order to secure the integrity of your system and its stored data. A strong password is one that consists of a blend of upper- and lowercase letters, digits, and symbols. Depending on your requirements, you can disable password complexity in Windows.

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