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How to Prevent a Password request during Logon | Windows98 |

How to Prevent a Logon Prompt request for a Password when you enter Windows 95/98 - Go Here.

To prevent Windows 95/98 from prompting you for a password at startup, you need to do the following 2 groups of steps.

A) From the Dekstop

1) Right-click the Network Neighborhood icon on the desktop, a pop-up window will appear

2) Click the "Properties" selection at the bottom of the window, the "Network" window will open

3) Click the "Configuration" tab on the top left of the window
4) Half way down the page you will see the "Primary Network Logon" box. It has a black down-arrow at the right of the box. Click this down-arrow to open the drop-down menu.

5) Click the "Windows Logon" selection from this drop-down
6) Click the OK button on the bottom of the window. The window will close.
7) When you are prompted to restart your computer, click No.

B) In the Control Panel

1) Open the Control Panel
2) Double-click the Passwords icon, 

the "Passwords Properties" window will open
NOTE : for the Change Password tab to show, you MUST be logged on with your current login.)

NOTE: If you cancel the network logon, the Change Passwords tab may not be available. You must logon so the Change Passwords tab will be available. 

3) Click the Change Passwords tab on the top left of the window. The "Change Windows password" window will appear.

4) Click the "Change Windows Password" button. You might see a checkbox for "Microsoft Networking". You should have this unchecked or uncheck it if its checked, then click the OK button. The "Change Windows Password" window will open.

5) type your current Windows password in
the Old Password box. Leave the New Password and Confirm New Password boxes
blank, click OK, and then click OK. 
6) Click the User Profiles tab and verify that the "All users of this PC use the same preferences and desktop settings" option is selected. Click the OK button to finish
7) Shut down and restart the computer.

B) Another quick method

Open Windows Explorer (not internet explorer) and go into the Windows folder and rename (or delete) the file with the PWL file extension. 

You can also use the Find command to find the file.
Click Start, Select Find, Select Files or Folders and in the "Named" search box type an asterisk followed by a period and the letters PWL ( *.PWL ) and click the Find Now button.

You should have one or more files which have your login and the pwl extension. These files have your login information if you delete them or rename them ( so they have OLD for an extension) and the next time windows reboots it will ask you for a password. When it does, leave the password blank and continue until windows is open. You should not be asked for a password again.



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