New Network Card

Good Morning:

I just installed an ethernet card, a 3com model 3CR990-TX-97.  The installation went well, no problems.  When I restarted my computer a dialog box asked for a password.  I pressed esc and continued to reboot.  I rebooted again to see if I would get the same box.  I did and this time I entered a password.  Later I tried this again and hit esc and it still rebooted ok.  How can I get rid of this password request upon start up?  I installed this card for DSL which I'll have next week.  I am not on a network.  Also I have noticed the start up seems a little slower.  I am running Win 98SE.

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your network card driver prob. also installed Client for MS networks....that's why it's asking for the password even when you're not on the network...

Try to reboot, when it asks for password, just enter the username (with password field blank) and hit's shouldn't ask you for password anymore....if it gives you "incorrect password", that means you already entered a password the first time....

If this is the case, go to Windows directory, and delete a file name with extension (.pwl), the filename would be your if your username is steve, filename would be steve.pwl

After you delete the file, reboot and follow the steps above. Your comp. shouldn't ask for a password next time.

As for your Win slowing down a bit, everytime you install "anything", it adds some keys to the Registry. When windows starts, it processes the Registry keys; even if they are orphaned (that means the application that has created a particular key has already been uninstalled or deleted). That's why if you install (and uninstall) a lot of applications, Win slows down...

The only way to overcome this problem....reinstall don't need to format the drive (which means you can still keep the data files) just delete the Windws directory and Program Files directories (of course you have to reinstall all your applications as well so that they can write their own registry keys) me crazy..but I do this once every 6 months or keeps the computer running like it has just been bought!


Goto your windows dir, and remove all the *.pwl files. Now reboot.

When it asks you for a password, put a user name in, but no password.  leave it blank, click ok, and leave the confirmation blank too.

If that doesn't work, depending on how it installed, go into your regisit.

Click on the plus beside Hkey_local_Machine, and remove the network key.  

Don't worry this rebuilds.  Now reboot, and do the same steps as before, by entering a username, and no password.

Michael March

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JCT080399Author Commented:
Michael, I tried removing .pwl file and this didn't work, so I removed the network folder in the reg and this worked, great job, thanks for all the help.

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