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Skip Windows login, have already Novell logon

Posted on 1997-04-28
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We use W95 PC's as stations for a Novell 3.12 network. The Novell requires a password (of course) and gives the users access to the files and programms. However, W95 also wants a password from the users. If this password is the same as the Novell password it has only to be given once (for every computer they log on). That's acceptable. Problems start when we require users to change their password every 6 months. The users do no longer understand what is happening and we have to help them every time.

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A solution would be if W95 will no longer require a password, so is there an option to turn it off?
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Try this:
1. Go to Win95 directory, find any files with .pwl extension, back 'em up and delete them. When Windows login appears, give a user name but not a password. Click OK an again OK to confirm.
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2. Use TweakUI (freeware) from MS PowerToys. From 'Network' Tab choose 'Logon automatically at system startup'
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Thanks for the suggestions, however they will not work for us. The suggested methods more or less work around the W95 logon, we want to skip it all together. It's not needed. I will examine the given sollutions in more detail:
1) Deleting the PWL files and skipping the W95 login question is not desirable. Most people cannot see the difference between the network-logon and W95 logon and will type their password. This leads to confusion if the password is changed. Entering a blank password for W95 solves the problems, but only for one workstation. This has to be done at every workstations where the users logs on.
2) We have 90 computers and some 150 different users, so each user will log on at various computers. This means that any user that automatically logs on to a workstation would not work. The fact that the passwords are more or less visible is an unacceptable leak in the safety. Also, we do not have a general distribution program, which would mean we have to add this programm at 90 workstations, though that might be unavoidable, also for other solutions.
PS. It took some time to find the Powertools, maybe it is easy to add an URL if known.
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The full PowerToys set (and TweakUI as standalone app) can be found at http://www.tucows.com/shell95.html
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