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Getting windows (XP) to remember network drive password

Hiya everyone,

Just something that's busting my nuts is the following..


Ubuntu 7.10 desktop server with Samba server and smb user ina with setup password with "smbpasswd -a ina" and smb user masterdam79 with setup password with "smbpasswd -a masterdam79"

Windows Vista (Home Premium) desktop with windows user "masterdam79"

Windows XP (Home) Laptop with windows user "ina"


Am now able to access the Samba shares from my Windows Vista machine WITHOUT entering username/password for my Samba user because I made a Samba user equal to my Vista windows user "masterdam79".

I WAS able to select the "Remember my password" checkbox on my Vista machine, first time I logged on into the Ubuntu server and now I never have to type in the credentials again on that machine.


Am able to access the Samba shares from my Windows XP machine WITH entering username/password for my Samba user which I made equal to my XP windows user "Ina"

I was NOT able to select the "Remember my password" checkbox on my XP machine, which brings me to the target set out on the subject of this post.

How do I make Windows XP remember my Samba password and why is Vista remembering it without a problem?

Where is my "Remember my password" checkbox on XP?

Much thanks!!

P.s. I have already tried with another XP Home machine and there WAS a "Remember my password" check option when connecting to the Linux share. (Some people claim this to be a disfunctionality of the "Home" version of XP, which I here declare as a load of crap.

P.s.P.s. Also It has nothing to do with the Linux machine as both my Vista machine and (the other) XP machine were able to remember passwords. Clearly something went wrong on the first XP machine that disabled the "Remember my password" checkbox on network login.

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In reply to: Getting windows (XP) to remember network drive password

"both my Vista machine and (the other) XP machine were able to remember passwords."

The (other) XP machine HAS the "Remember my password" option available, though it does NOT actually remember the password even though I checked the checkbox..

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Research this...

In reply to: Getting windows (XP) to remember network drive password

Way back when Microsoft and others wrote about a "SINGLE SIGNON" system. If your account name doesn't match the remote account then it doesn't remember. There has been no sign MS will change this.

However if they do match and don't remember then you need to see if this is tackled in a newer SAMBA. I haven't looked at this for years but know it worked fine last time I set it up.

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Win XP Bug

In reply to: Research this...

Thanks for your reply Bob

My users for my Windows machines match my Samba users and all have passwords in Samba which are the same as their Windows users.

My Vista machine remembers the password even though the Samba user does not match the user on the Vista machine.

Using "control Keymgr.dll" I found that entering the credentials for my server manually is not remembered in XP

Regards, Richard

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What bug?

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They key manager is just part of windows. How it works hasn't changed since before 2000.

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Well in Vista I can add servers manually and it remembers the passwords without problems.

In XP (virtualized) Home I am able to add servers, but it doesn't remember the passwords

and in the XP Home laptop I can't even add servers manually, let alone get it to remember my passwords.

I am figuring the problem must be here and Microsoft didn't of course make a bug, but the user which is me in this case made their software buggy by doing something wrong.

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Worked here so ...

In reply to: Keymgr.dll

It must be fine. Remember I tested with other XP machines and some forgotten version of Samba. If there is an issue it's not in XP since it worked fine here.

Then again there was that firewall I ran into once. Odd thing.
Sadly I remain unconvinced on this one but you really should be in a SAMBA discussion group since that's where the issue is.

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