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Windows 98 Forgotten Passwords

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My client has a number of Windows 98 machines for which he no longer has the Windows Logon passwords.  Cancelling past the logon process is no longer an option as he wants network access on these machines to share files and printers.

I've tried switching from Client for Network to Windows Logon and also renaming the .pwl files.  Still the logon box pops up.

Solutions, please.
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After deleting the *.PWL files and rebooting for the first time after that, the logon box will pop-up.

DON'T type anything, just press enter.

Zee
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by:caza13
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Turning off Password at start-up

http://www.windows-help.net/windows98/tune-10.shtml
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by:johnalphaone
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The problem is that on these machine the Passwords option under Control Panel does not have the Change Passwords tab.  Instead (from memory as I'm not currently at my clients premises) there is a tab to do with setting passwords for remote server administration.

I think this is a hangover from these machines being part of a domain network at some point in the past.  The domain server is no longer in use and these machines have sat idle for some time, but are now being set up again to work in a peer-peer network.
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by:caza13
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Mine has Change Passwords, Remote Administration, and User Profiles tabs.  In the Change Passwords tab you would still need the old password in order to set a new password.  If you have set Windows Logon as your primary network logon, and deleted or renamed all of the *.pwl files that step shouldn't be necessary anyway.
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by:johnalphaone
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At the next visit to the client I need to follow up the suggestion to try logging on with a blank password.  I thought I had done that.  Also I don't remember seeing the usual blurb about "if you don't enter a password...".   Nevertheless I'll try again.
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>>logging on with a blank password.<<

Don't forget to delete/rename the *.PWL files before that.

Zee
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by:johnalphaone
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Zee, yes that was already done - renamed .pwx.
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Thank you,

Zee
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