WinXP "Guest" account keeps resetting password?

Posted on 2003-03-18
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Last Modified: 2013-12-04
I have two machines setup on a small network:
PC1 - Windows 98
PC2 - Windows XP Professional

PC2 has the C: drive shared and the Guest account enabled. I have setup PC1 to login with a username of "Guest" and no password (there is not password for the Guest account on PC2).

After about 5 days, the share stops working, and I must manually reset the Guest account on PC2 to have a blank password. I have checked the settings to make sure the Guest account password does not expire and this still happens.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Question by:summitcomputers
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ID: 8165977
2 things

first......you don't need to login as "guest" in order to use "guest" rights. The guest account allows anyone to login.

second....XP pro doesn't allow blank passwords for networ access. Which is why you kep getting locked out. See this web site for details on how to change that:


Author Comment

ID: 8179077
Thanks for the advise. I have created a new user with Administrator rights on the XP machine. This is the name the Win98 machine now logs in as. Instead of a blank password, I have created a password that never expires. Everything is working now, but we'll see if it works after 5 days. Thanks.

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ID: 8215218
Okay, Tuesday passed and the stupid account changed the password again. I had setup an account named "Sheri" on the XP machine with a password of "sheri". I set the password to never expire, and 5 days later, BAM. Now after I manually changed the password back to "sheri" from the XP machine, everything is working again (but only for the next 5 days). Any advice?

Accepted Solution

Ghost_Hacker earned 300 total points
ID: 8216915
No Windows OS changes passwords, they simply lock out accounts. Unless you have setup a "service", like IIS, to manage the acount's password, it should never change unless you change it.

IF you haven't done this, then someone is changing your passwords for you. If you have enabled auditing, then check you event viewer for details of access to that account.

Good Luck :)

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