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Win95 Password and/or Registry settings

By maxwell edison ·
I have a Windows 95 machine with file sharing enabled and a hard drive defined as a shared device. However, this particular share requires a password to access the drive.

From a client machine on the LAN, when a user attempts to access that shared drive, that user is prompted to supply the required password. Within that dialogue box requesting the password is a check box asking if the user wants to, "Save this password in your password list". It appears that the default setting is a "checked" box, which will, of course, save that password on that client machine.

I want to change the default setting of that dialogue box to have an "unchecked" "Save password...." check box. I don't want to have to uncheck it every time. (There have been a couple of instances when I overlooked that box, mistakenly saving the password.) I will never want to save that password on one of those client machines.

Is there a registry setting that controls this setting? Is there something else that controls it? How can I change that default from a "checked" check box to an "unchecked" one?

Thanks for your time.

Maxxwell

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by robert_a_mocarski In reply to Win95 Password and/or Reg ...

This doesn't really answer the question you asked, but it does address a deeper problem that you did not ask about. If you are using Win95 as the server, you have to believe that security is not an overriding concern.

When the user checks the box to save the password, the password is stored in the .pwd file of whichever userid is logged onto the client. If a person logs onto the client machine and doesn't know the password for that userid, they won't automatically get access to the secured share. Only the user who previously entered a correct password will get access without reentering the password.

Now granted, it is fairly easy to crack the .pwd file and obtain the password if it gets cached on the client, but anyone who can do that is likely to also know how to hack into the server machine and get the password or get around security on the Win95 server anyway.

Like I said, I didn't really answer the question, so feel free to reject this answer. But I would recommend that you either not worry about the cached password on the client, or upgrade to NT, 2000, or some other secure O/S on the server end.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Win95 Password and/or Reg ...

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Thanks for taking the time to express your concern. However, there is no ?deeper problem?, but rather a special circumstance. See the comment I left above. Nonetheless, thanks for your time.

Maxwell

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by zlitocook In reply to Win95 Password and/or Reg ...

open regedit drill to hkeylocalmachine, software, microsoft, windows, currentversion, winlogin. mine is set to name (dontdisplaylastus...) data "0" no name shows up in the sign in box and the check is gone.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Win95 Password and/or Reg ...

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Thanks for answering my question. However, I think that this is ?barking up the wrong tree?. See answer number 4 for the ?right tree?.

Maxwell

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by maxwell edison In reply to Win95 Password and/or Reg ...

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In regards to answer number one, this is an "isolated" instance of one client on our NT network wanting to directly transfer data to/from another client on that same NT network without going through our file servers. It happens only occasionally with what I'll call "personal" data that we don't want on any of our file servers. Yet we don't want to create a permanent connection between clients on the network. The reasons may or may not have merit, but I do maintain a very secure NT networkfor our normal business operations.

In regards to answer number two, I'm not clear on your intended answer, and would like to respectfully request that you elaborate on and clarify it a bit.

Thanks a million.

Maxwell

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by maxwell edison In reply to Win95 Password and/or Reg ...

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Also, to clarify exactly what I want to change, I am referring to the "one-time" process of going through Network Neighborhood to "temporariy" connect to a shared device, not establish a "mapped" network drive.

I.E. Double click on Network Neighborhood - Double click on the "server" - Double click on the "shared drive (or folder)". If that shared drive requires a password, a dialogue box appears (requesting said password) with a check box with a "checked" setting to "remember" the password. I would like that check box to initially appear and remain unchecked.

MTE

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by chessmaster315 In reply to Win95 Password and/or Reg ...

Do not hack your registry. You can really foul up your machine and should not modify your registry unless you are at least an MCP. ( Neither Win 98 nor Win 95 have any security, anyway. If you want security, update to Win2000.) You can simply hit"Cancel" when the logon screen appears and you will be logged on. If you don't want to see the logon screen go to, Settings, Control Panel (or just right click my computer if you prefer) and click users. You will then go into a new user wizard andanswer the questions to the wizard to suit your preferences.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Win95 Password and/or Reg ...

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With all due respect, just because a person is not ?certified? it does not mean he is not ?certifiable? or equally qualified. (I assume you looked at my profile and noticed no certifications listed.) Were you, as an MCP or MCSE, more knowledgeable the day after you obtained your certification than you were the day before? I think not. I could take the exams tomorrow, and most likely pass. (In the very least, I could pass with ?minimal? review.) As an analogy, I?ve successfully overhauled the engine in my 1966 Corvette, but I don?t have a ?Mr. Goodwrench? certification either. I?m very qualified, and could pass dozens of certification exams if I so chose. There?s simply no ?career advancement? or ?monetary? reason for me to make an investment in time and/or money that would provide virtually no return. I?d rather spend the money on my Corvette or taking my kids to Disneyland. Nonetheless, thanks for taking the time to express your concerns.

Maxwell

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by tlippert In reply to Win95 Password and/or Reg ...

the answser came from technet article Q140557. The nuts and bolts is.

Password caching can be disabled by using the system policy editor (as described in the Microsoft Windows 95 Resource Kit, page 471) or with the registry editor by adding the following key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\ Network\DisablePwdCaching = 1
NOTE: The DisablePwdCaching value should be added as a DWord value.

There is other info in that article that may be of use to you if you have win95 machines.

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by maxwell edison In reply to Win95 Password and/or Reg ...

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This is perfect. Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks for providing the solution. (I wonder why my own TechNet query didn't reveal that article?)

I initially offered 300 points for this question, all of which should go to you for posting the only "correct" answer. But I believe that awarding points is really a way of saying, "Thanks for the time you invested in attempting to help me out". (And so far, I?ve accepted 100% of the answers folks have provided. I?d hate to ruin my perfect?streak?.) So as a way of accomplishing both of those ends, I've increased the point total so everyone gets 300 points. (What a bonus!)

Regards (and thank you),

Maxwell

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