Microsoft KB Archive/178824

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Error Message: Your Password Is Too Short


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows 95


After you change your domain password, you may receive the following error message:

Your password is too short.

You may receive this error message even though the password you typed is the correct length.


This problem can occur if you log on to a domain that requires a "strong" password, and you did not type both uppercase and lowercase letters. A strong password is a password that consists of six or more characters, has numeric characters, and has both uppercase and lowercase letters.


This issue is resolved by the following updated file for Windows 95 and OSR2, and later versions of this file:

   MSNP32.DLL  version 4.00.953  dated 7/31/97  67,584 bytes 


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Microsoft Windows 95 and OEM Service Release 2 (OSR2). An update to address this problem is now available, but is not fully regression tested and should be applied only to computers experiencing this specific problem. Unless you are severely impacted by this specific problem, Microsoft does not recommend implementing this update at this time. Contact Microsoft Technical Support for additional information about the availability of this update.

This issue is resolved in Microsoft Windows 98.


For additional information about issues resolved by updates to this component, please see the following articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Q178979 Logon Occurs Using System Policy with Required Validation

Q188206 "Access Denied" Connecting to Windows NT Server with Many Shares

Q175051 Windows 95 Roaming Profiles Do Not Work with Citrix WinFrame

Q155424 Windows NT Domain Does Not Accept New Domain Password

For additional information about Windows 95 updates, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

Q161020 Implementing Windows 95 Updates

Keywords : kbenv kberrmsg win95
Issue type : kbprb
Technology : kbWin95search kbWin95

Last Reviewed: December 15, 2000
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