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Windows 98 box has started denying user logons to domain.

donander asked
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Last Modified: 2013-12-28
I have a Windows 98 box that was working fine for about 3 years but has suddenly started displaying the message

"The domain password you supplied is not correct, or access to your logon server has been denied".

The behavior is the same for several users and for me. We have a Windows Active Directory domain.

If I bypass the logon, I can ping the local router and can ping my file server by name. Releasing and renewing the IP address doesn't help.

I installed a Windows Active Directory client per a recommendation I found on the web but this doesn't help. My Fluke LinkRunner indicates the drop/port are working.

Any ideas?
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Top Expert 2005


Have you tried renaming the pasword files?

Locate the files with an extension *.PWL to *.OLD and reboot.

When prompted to logon just press enter, DON'T type anything.

If this works you will have to recreate all the users profiles, if not you can rename back the files.


Or this may help >
"Problems logging on to a Windows 2000-based server or a Windows 2003-based server":


Less likely, but still a possible solution >
"The computer you have dialed in to has denied access because the username and/or password is invalid on the domain":
Remove the system from Active directory computers and then add it back into the domain. Also make sure it has a unique computer name.


- I tried all of blue zee's recommendations but the problem remains.

- Regarding Jonvee's first comment, I got the hotfix from Microsoft and installed it but the problem remains.

- Regarding Jonvee's second comment I tried the rename suggestion but rna.pwl did not exist. I don't really believe that article applies since it is about DUN rather than logging on to the domain while directly connected on a LAN.

- Steviek411: This computer was never a member of the domain. Windows 98 doesn't support joining a domain. The domain logon dialog is obtained by checking the "Log on to Windows NT domain" checkbox, entering the domain name and choosing "Quick logon" or "Logon and restore network connections" in the Client for Microsoft Networks properties dialog in the Control Panel Network applet.
wow...its been a long time since I've used Windows 98.


I looked at the Network Settings on a Windows 95 computer that does not exhibit this problem. The only difference I could see was that the W95 box had the NetBEUI protocol installed. I installed NetBEUI on the misbehaving box and this seems to have fixed the problem. I can now log on (& have done so 3 or 4 times to make sure it wasn't a fluke) and 2 other users who could not log on before can log on now.

If any of the commentors feel they deserve partial or complete credit (ie points) for this solution please let me khow and I will work it out. Otherwise I'd propose either accepting my own comment as the answer (oh boy now I'm an Expert ;-) ) or archiving the question and refunding the points.


I don't see an "Accept" button next to my comment so accepting my own comment as the answer is out. I guess it's good that you can't do this to prevent self-made experts.
Top Expert 2005

Well done!

Ask for a PAQ and refund at Community Support:


Explain you found the answer yourself and include a link to this question.



Top Expert 2009
Apparently the questioner has solved his own problem.  I will PAQ the question in order to return the points.

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