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INFO: NERR_PasswordTooShort Error Returned for Other Errors


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows Software Development Kit (SDK) 3.1
  • LAN Manager 2.1 Programmer's Toolkit


When the NetUserPasswordSet LanMan API is called from a downlevel client to change a password on a Windows NT server, the error NERR_PasswordTooShort might be returned for error conditions other than the password being too short.


On Windows NT and Windows 95, the error ERROR_PASSWORD_RESTRICTION (1325) is returned if a new password is too short, a password is blank when a password is required, a password does not meet the complexity criterion, a password is longer than 14 characters, or a password is being reused without meeting password history requirements. For downlevel systems, Windows NT must map the ERROR_PASSWORD_RESTRICTION error code to one of the existing LAN Manager error codes. Because there is no comparable LAN Manager error, on Windows NT 3.1, ERROR_PASSWORD_RESTRICTION was mapped to ERROR_UNEXP_NET_ERR (59). On Windows NT 3.5 and later, ERROR_PASSWORD_RESTRICTION is mapped to NERR_PasswordTooShort (2245).

Additional query words:

Keywords : kbnetwork kbAPI kbSDKPlatform kbLanMan kbOSWin311 kbOSWin300 kbGrpDSNet
Issue type : kbinfo
Technology : kbAudDeveloper kbWin3xSearch kbSDKSearch kbLanManSearch kbWinSDKSearch kbWinSDK310

Last Reviewed: November 7, 1999
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