Password request

 How do I eliminate the password request at login?

In Windows 95 and 98.

If you type any user ID and leave the password blank at the Windows 95 or 98 startup screen, the startup dialog will not reappear the next time you start the computer. When logging in, leave the password field empty, and press Enter, or click OK (not Cancel).

If your password file (\windows\Your_User_ID.pwl) is corrupted, delete it and restart Windows to recreate it properly. Service Pack 1 has a bug which corrupts password files; this bug requires the subsequent Password Upgrade to prevent it from reoccurring.

You can also manually stop Windows from prompting for a password by following these directions from the Microsoft knowledge base:

  1. Right-click Network Neighborhood, and then click Properties.
  2. On the Configuration tab, in the "Primary Network Logon" box, click Windows Logon. Then click OK.
  3. When you are prompted to restart your computer, click No.
  4. In the Control Panel, double-click Passwords.

    Note: If you cancel the network login, the Change Passwords tab may not be available. You must log in so that the Change Passwords tab will be available.

  5. Click the Change Passwords tab. Click Change Windows Password, and then click OK.
  6. In the Change Windows Password dialog box, type your current Windows password in the "Old Password" field. Leave the "New Password" and "Confirm New Password" fields blank.
  7. Click OK twice.
  8. Click the User Profiles tab, and verify that All users of this PC use the same preferences and desktop settings is selected.
  9. Click Close.
  10. Shut down and then restart Windows 95/98.

This should eliminate the password request at login. 

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     If the above options do not provide enough security for you, download Access manager for Windows.

Access manager provides much more security than standard ways in Windows.

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