Log onto Windows password box appears everytime I start up Windows

Discussion in 'Windows Networking' started by =?Utf-8?B?TWFydGluIEhlYWx5?=, Sep 14, 2005.

  1. Today I just changed the primary network logon in Network properties to the
    Client for Microsoft Networks from Windows logon for the purpose of
    troubleshooting a print sharing problem on my 98 machine. After restarting
    my PC, the login screen to Windows appeared. As a result I typed in a
    identical username and password to the one I was using in XP. It didn't
    help me to resolve my print sharing issue with XP. Consequently, I changed
    the Primary Network logon setting back to Windows logon and clicked OK. When
    I restarted my PC, the same Windows login screen appeared for Microsoft
    Networks. I just clicked cancel and windows loaded up. However, my problem
    is that I can't get rid of this annoying Windows login screen at startup.
    This window login screen should not appear when the Primary Network login
    screen is set to Windows Login. I even tried restarting my PC several times.
    Furthermore, I shut down my 98 PC but this annoying Windows logon screen
    still appears. I even tried running msconfig but I could see any setting for
    unchecking the Windows logon screen. I also tried removing the Cient for
    Microsoft Networks altogether but I didn't succeed in sorting this problem.
    Perhaps I should never have typed a username and password in the first place.

    Although the Primary Network logon is now set to Windows logon in the
    network properties in my Windows 98 machine, the windows logon screen still
    appears everything time I start my machine. I would really welcome any
    suggestions in sorting this problem.


    =?Utf-8?B?TWFydGluIEhlYWx5?=, Sep 14, 2005
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  2. =?Utf-8?B?TWFydGluIEhlYWx5?=

    James Egan Guest

    Keep it set to Windows Logon but use a blank password. That will do
    the trick.

    James Egan, Sep 14, 2005
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  3. I am using a blank password and the Primary Network logon screen is set to
    Windows logon. However, the Welcome to windows logon screen still appears at
    =?Utf-8?B?TWFydGluIEhlYWx5?=, Sep 14, 2005
  4. =?Utf-8?B?TWFydGluIEhlYWx5?=

    James Egan Guest

    Try deleting the file "your_username.pwl" from the windows directory.
    Then reboot.

    James Egan, Sep 14, 2005
  5. Good suggestion, Jim. I'd delete all the *.pwl files, and then log in
    with a user name that's not longer than 8 characters.
    Steve Winograd [MVP], Sep 15, 2005
  6. Thanks for the input from everybody. I solved this problem last night by
    following article ID 152104. Rather than deleting the .pwl files like
    suggested here, or just renamed them to the .old extension. Anyway, this
    article explains it in full. I don't know why I bothered changing the
    primary network logon to the Client for Microsoft Networks in the first place
    as this is only used when logging on to a NT domain network. The reason I
    did it is because my PC vendor manufacturer suggested to do it in order to
    sort a printer sharing problem. If I had not logged on in the first
    instance, then I wouldn't have encountered this problem. Then this .pwl
    would have not been created. Normally, it is only a case of leaving a blank
    password and clicking OK to remove this Windows logon box.

    Anyway, thanks for the rapid response.

    =?Utf-8?B?TWFydGluIEhlYWx5?=, Sep 15, 2005
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