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Changing the network password???

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I have just installed a small 3 computer network at home for me, my wife, and the kids computers.

When installing, I was asked for a network password. So I entered one. I know what it is no problem. Now I want to change it though.

I go to the control panel and click the password icon and there I can change the windows password, but the other passwords button is not enabled.

Why? How do I enable it?
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What I am really after is no passwords at all since this is our home. But if there must be a password I would like it to be blank or all computers set the same so we can all log on to all computers if needed.
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Rheiniluoma earned 100 total points
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Since you'd like the password to be blank, this becomes easier.

Start by hitting <Esc> when asked to login.

Open up MS-DOS Prompt.

at the windows prompt type in del *.pwl: should look like this:

C:\WINDOWS>del *.pwl

type in exit and press enter.

Back to the desktop.

Restart computer.

Prompted again for username and password.

I would go ahead and make a username.
Make it something like machine1 or machine2.

Just hit enter for the password.
Hit enter when prompted to confirm - and voila, you have a blank password.

It is theoretically possible to have it with no password at all on startup, but I am hesitant to recommend that, as you lose capabilities to cache passwords/settings etc.

When you come up with the username, you can quickly tell if it's connecting properly, and you will still have a diagnostic tool in place. Since the password is blank, and by default Windows keeps the last name logged in, all you have to do is hit enter to login from then on.
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I knew it could be done. Just couldn't remember how... (Saw someone do it but wasn't paying attention months ago. Didn't think I would need it.)
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Glad it helped!
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