How to check Expiry of your Windows AD Password

Here is how to check when you have to change your password in a Windows AD (Active Directory) domain. Expiring passwords is one of the most common reasons for having to contact an IT Helpdesk. Avoid getting locked out by following these instructions.

Check password expiry from the command prompt

  • Open the command prompt by pressing the Windows logo + R keys and then typing cmd.
  • Alternatively, you can open the command prompt by right-clicking on the Windows logo in the bottom left corner and then clicking "Run". Then type cmd.
  • In the command prompt, type the command net user [loginname] /domain. Replace [loginname] by the name of your user account (for example test in the screenshot below).

The net user command will not only show your password expiration date, but also info about when you last changed your password and your last logon. In fact, this way you can also check the expiry of your colleagues passwords and remind them when it is time to change.

There are also other ways to check password expiry, but running "net user" from the command prompt is by far the easiest way.

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