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Log into computer

by Rod2 / November 22, 2004 8:28 AM PST

I just fired up my old computer. It asks for a name and password. My name is there already and I didn't create a password, I just said ok.

My question is how do I delete the name and not have it ask? I remembered to delete the .pwl file but that alone didn't do it. What did I forget to do? It's been to long to remember.


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Re: Log into computer
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 22, 2004 8:32 AM PST
In reply to: Log into computer


What is the operating system on the computer?

If it happens to be Windows 9.x/ME, then the instructions below should help:

This should remove the log in password, but it will also remove any "saved" passwords that you may have applied to things like your dial-up internet connection,(if you checked the "Remember this Password" box) so make sure you remember what that is before doing this procedure.

Click on Start-Find/Search-Files or Folders, type "*.pwl" (without the quotes), click "Find Now/Search. When it brings up the various .pwl files, (there may be a couple), RIGHT click on them, choose "Delete". Then restart the computer. After it restarts, you will get a Log-in window again. When that pops up, type in a user name ONLY, DO NOT type in a password. Click Ok, then OK.

Then click on Start-Settings-Control Panel, then double click on the "Network" icon. When it loads, in the Configuration" tab, look at the "Primary Network Logon" area. Use the drop-down arrow menu to select for "Windows Logon" or "Family Logon" whichever one is present. The computer will need to be restarted and should start without a password request

Hope this helps.


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Re: Log into computer
by Rod2 / November 22, 2004 9:01 AM PST
In reply to: Re: Log into computer

Thanks Grif,

My system is ME, forgot to include it, and that took care of the problem.


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(NT) (NT) Rod, Good Job & Glad It Helped !
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / November 22, 2004 9:25 AM PST
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