Workgroup - cached credentials - Need HELP!!!!

We have a small Windows XP Workgroup. System "A" tried to connect to System "B".  When asked, System "A" provided a username and password to log into System "B" and use it's shared drives, and checked the "Save my password" checkbox.

PROBLEM:  The Username and Password given only had READ permissions on System "B", so System "A" can't write anything to System "B".  This was an error -- System "A" should have used a different set of credentials that would allow read/write access to "B".

Now, how do we UNDO the read-only credentials and force System "A" to use different read/write credentials.

Why this happened:  The read-only credentials are cached somewhere, so everytime System "A" tries to access System "B", those cached credentials get used.  Is there any way to force Windows XP to once again ask for credentials, so that Read/Write credentials can be used?


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What version of XP are you using Home or Professional?

Are Systems A and B running in the same workgroup? Are the workgroup names the same?

Do user accounts exists on both A and B with the same user name and password?

You may need to give the accounts Power User Status.
Click on Groups
Add the user to the Power User Group.

TValleyAuthor Commented:
Version is XP Pro.

A and B are in the same workgroup.

Yes, identical user accounts exists on both systems.

The accounts actually have full ADMINISTRATOR access.

The problem (I think) began when System A first tried to access System B.  The account and password that was entered were for a read-only account on System B, and the "Save Password" checkbox was checked --- so Windows has SAVED that logon information and is using it every time System A wants to access shares on System B.  Those cahced credentials are what's preventing A from writing to B.
TValleyAuthor Commented:
I think I've resolved this.  Under "Stored User Names and Passwords", I was able to delete an entry that was most likely responsible for the read-only access.

If this is NOT resolved, I'll be back...
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Have you tried changing the password on each system?
I didn't see you post when I posted mine, but if your solution didn't resolve the issue try doing what I suggest.
If you solution did work then you can post a request in the Community Support section of this website ( with a zero point question and a link back to your thread requesting a point refund. The question will either be PAQ'd for future reference or deleted.
TValleyAuthor Commented:

That DIDN'T solve the problem, so the points are still up for grabs.

Any ideas?
Did you try changing the passwords?
You Cannot Access Shared Files and Folders or Browse Computers in the Workgroup;en-us;318030&Product=winxp

On Windows XP-based computers that are configured as members of a workgroup in a peer-to-peer network environment, you may experience one or more of the following behaviors:
You cannot access shared folders or files.
You cannot browse other computers in the workgroup.
You receive the following error message when you double-click the workgroup in My Network Places:

Workgroup Name is not accessible. You may not have permission to use this network resource.

© 2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
HOW TO: Create and Use a Password Reset Disk for a Computer That Is Not a Domain Member in Windows XP;en-us;305478&Product=winxp

This article describes how to create and use a password reset disk for a computer that is part of a workgroup, or that is not connected to a network. You can use a password reset disk to gain access to your Microsoft Windows XP-based computer if you forget your password.

For additional information about how to create a password reset disk for a computer that is a member of a domain, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
306214 How to Create and Use a Password Reset Disk for a Computer in a Domain

© 2003 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.
I would like to know the outcome of this thread.
TValleyAuthor Commented:
It's actually been awhile since this was resolved, but I was able to find a dialog within XP (sorry, not sure exactly where it was) that permitted management of cached passwords.  This allowed me to remove the "bogus" password and then use the proper username and password.

PAQed, with points refunded (240)

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