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Changing Forgotten Screen Saver Password

By Your Mom 2.0 ·
I have a use who assigned a screensaver password to her Win98 PC a year or so ago, forgot it, and now wants to use her screen saver password again.

When we try to change her password thru Display Properties->Screen Saver-> Change, we're prompted to enter the old password, and we don't know what that is. It will not allow us to set a new one without the old one typed in first...

I've tried deleting the "ScreenSaveUsePassword" key in regedit (as well as just changing the value to 0 instead of 1), removing all of the .scr files, uninstalling and reinstalling all screen savers thru Add / Remove Programs, deleting all .pwl files, and a couple of other suggestions from www.computing.net.

How can I remove her old password so I can lether put a new one in?

If anyone has the solution for this, reply to this posting or email me at jsy4774@hotmail.com, please.

Thanks!

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by SyscoKid In reply to Changing Forgotten Screen ...

I think the key you want is

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\
ScreenSave_Data.

Change it to 00.

Also check in the HKEY_USER hive for a similar setting.

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by Your Mom 2.0 In reply to Changing Forgotten Screen ...

Forgot to mention I've tried that too, and that didn't solve the problem. I scanned the reg for everything with "screen" in it. If it looked appropriate, I'd change the value from 1 to 0 or just delete the key altogether.

Maybe I missed something...seems like this fix should be in the registry somewhere...

Thanks.

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by nikki96 In reply to Changing Forgotten Screen ...

Assuming you already tried TweakUI utility and that didn't work for you...?
If you don't have TweakUI...
http://www.microsoft.com/ntworkstation/downloads/PowerToys/Networking/NTTweakUI.asp
(remove spaces/line breaks from url)

Try this one - Look for the file and edit control.ini. Look for a line PWProtected=1. Change it so it says PWProtected=0.

Nikki

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by Your Mom 2.0 In reply to Changing Forgotten Screen ...

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by hjs In reply to Changing Forgotten Screen ...

Much easier then you think. Do a search for *.pwl files and delete them. That's all.

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by Your Mom 2.0 In reply to Changing Forgotten Screen ...

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by 1stladytech In reply to Changing Forgotten Screen ...

As the previos user stated, deleting the *.pwl files (usually found in the windows directory) will resolve the problem but it will also delete any saved passwords in the system, including log in. You may want to save them with a different extensionso that you may go back to them if needed.

Vickie

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by Your Mom 2.0 In reply to Changing Forgotten Screen ...

As I previously stated, I had already deleted all of the .pwl's and that didn't do the trick (actually the first thing I tried after trying to guess what her passwd was).

Tweakui didn't show anything about repairing retrieving screen saver passwords.

I believe too many people are under the impression I'm talking about a logon password, and that's not the case. Deleting the .pwl will fix that prolem, not screensavers.

And there was no mention of a PWProtected line in control.ini, butthanks for the suggestion.

Maybe something's really corrupt on this machine...

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by SyscoKid In reply to Changing Forgotten Screen ...

I just re-read your response to my 1st answer. You need to change the value to 00, not 0. A single 0 doesn't do the trick.

Alternately, goto desktop properties, screensaver. Uncheck "password protected" and click apply. Then check "password protected" again, and click apply. Now click the Change button. It should allow you to proceed with asking for the old password.

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by SyscoKid In reply to Changing Forgotten Screen ...

err, *without* asking for the old password.

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