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    Windows logon password

    W98 SE has worked fine until last week. Now I get the "Enter Windows Password" every time I boot. The machine is stand alone, there are no other users, I am not connected to a network, and I have never entered a password. I have repeatedly tried the procedures described on pages 662 and 663 of "The Mother of All Windows 98 Books" without success. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Re: Windows logon password

    Check out this earlier Windows 98 thread here - it may give you the answer.

    (It's often faster to do a quick search to see if a similar question has already been asked ! [img]/w3timages/icons/smile.gif[/img] )

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    Re: Windows logon password

    Tried your suggestion - thanks. Note that the screen that I am trying to get rid of says "Enter Windows Password", it does not mention "network". I tried suggestion by SultanofCyber, post # 8664, and got back the error message from Registry Editor "Cannot import F:TMPPWL.REG: The specified file is not a registry script. You can only import registry files." Any other suggestions?

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    Re: Windows logon password

    Hi:

    Not sure what you tried but:
    1. Find & delete <username>.pwl Actually, you can click the taskbar, press F3, & search for *.pwl Then rename them all .oldpwl
    2. Reboot
    3. When Windows reboots, it WILL ask you for a password. DON'T GIVE IT ONE! Just hit enter.

    You shouldn't be asked again. Note: maybe someone else with access to your machine used a password??

    Hope this helps.

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    Re: Windows logon password

    Another thing to check is the Primary Network Logon setting (Control Panel / Network). Set it to Windows Logon instead of Client for Microsoft Networks (or any other that might be listed)

    Ken.

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    Re: Windows logon password

    I did a search for logon password and found this thread. I've had the same problem from Sept '98 when I had added more gig and partitioned the hd. I tried all the steps outlined here (very helpful, tx). But I still have the Windows login password problem. I also went into CMOS and deleted the password. <img src=/S/thinks.gif border=0 width=15 height=15> I've never set a password - the only password I've every had is one I use in dialing up my isp. BTW I did a search for *.pwl - not found. No such animal.
    It's not that big a deal

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    Re: Windows logon password

    You should definately take Ken's earlier advice about setting the Network Logon setting to Windows Logon. I had this same problem and struggled to get rid of the logon window despite deleting *.pwl and so on. So I checked my machine against my son's as his did not have the problem. This was the only difference, so once I changed mine to be like his (Windows Logon), made sure that the *.pwl files were definately missing, and rebooted (can't remember if I got the Logon window again, but if I did I just clicked Cancel), and hey presto! no more Windows Logon screen.
    Persevere, that's all I can say! <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Windows logon password

    If you're still struggling and nothing else works....
    Browse your Windows 98 CD and extract TweakUI (or dnld TweakUI 2000 from my site). RClick on the .inf file in the folder you'll get when you run the set-up, and choose Install. In the Logon section fill in your User Name and Password, and check 'Automatically Logon'. Finally in the Paranoia section make sure that 'Clear Last User Name..' is unchecked.
    Rgds

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    Re: Windows logon password

    Hi Keith! The logon window I was getting on boot-up was always set for windows and I had never had a password to log on to Windows.
    I was about to post back and say thanks but I've been there and tried out Ken's suggestion, but still no dice. Then I decided to check Control Panel, Passwords. I'd been there before but never when further than the first tab figuring - "ok, I've never even had a password so I'm in the wrong place. <img src=/S/thinks.gif border=0 width=15 height=15>
    This time I checked out tab 3 -"User Profiles". I checked the box for "all users of this computer have the same preference and desktop settings." <img src=/S/bingo.gif border=0 width=15 height=22> When prompted, I said, yes, restart comptuer. I had to reset some of the isp settings but then - MAGIC happened - no *#&@! signon window. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 width=39 height=15>Who knew!!? Not the 'hardware specific' type forums I posted to many times over the last couple of years, and not the tech I paid $$$ to and not my techy type friends. So! For whatever reason, this time something clicked and I don't have any green beer to offer you so <font color=448800>C

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