Windows9x: Changing Network Password

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 30 June 1999 / Last Updated on 30 June 1999]

Your Windows9x system is connected to an NT-Domain server, to which you need to login:


for security, the Domain server may have been configured to enforce the regular changing of User-Password, so every few weeks, you are getting the message:

and you need to define a new password:


On your next Logon to the network, you are then using the new password, but you will also be prompted now for a Windows Login Password:


By changing the network password, Windows could not login to the local Windows system with the network password, since the local Windows Logon-password had not yet been changed !

For most users, it is just annoying to have now to change also the Windows Logon-Password, but there is a very simple method to avoid this:

Goto the Control-Panel: "Passwords" and select "Change Windows Password..":

Important: since we want to change only the Windows Password, make sure that there is NO Check-mark on the "Microsoft Networking":


In the "Change Windows Password" dialog, enter your current Windows Login password, but enter NOTHING (leave it BLANK) in the fields for the new Passwords, then select 'OK':


Windows will not bother you anymore with the "Windows Logon", even if you have to change again your Network password.

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The Author — Johannes Helmig

Dr.Johannes Helmig is working as Director, Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training, with special interest in Networking.

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