Dialup-Networking does NOT save the Password
||Your systems does NOT save
the Password for Dialup-networking
Connections or the Check-box
is grayed out (not accessible) ?
There are several common causes for this :
||Although is is possible to
Connection the the Internet WITHOUT
Network-Client (because only the Modem/
Dialup-Adapter and the TCP/IP-protocol
are required), it is required to install a
network Client software, like the
"Client for Microsoft Networks".
Installing a Network-Client enables
the possibility to store Network Passwords,
which includes the Dialup-networking
||When you get the Login prompt
for a Username/Password,
MUST select 'OK' !
Selecting 'Cancel' will disable
the storage of Network Passwords, including the
password of Dialup networking.
You MUST logon: enter the Username (and optional a
and select OK !
If you select "Cancel"
(or press the ESC
key), then you do NOT logon
and therefor the Password Caching is NOT activated !
You can make it easier to logon:
the "Windows Logon".
Then, define a Username
WITHOUT any password
(just press OK, also on
confirming the Password).
Then, Windows95 will NOT
prompt you anymore for
a Username and password.
If you keep the "Client for
Microsoft Networks" as "Primary
Network Logon", you can use TweakUI to automate the Logon-step.
||the "Client for Microsoft networks"
enables the Password-caching ,
allowing now to put the
Checkmark on "Save Password"
All the above is properly installed, you can
put the Checkmark on "Save password", but the password
is still not saved:
Did somebody use POLEDIT (Policy Editor) on your system do
disable Password Caching (a policy may
have downloaded to your system as part of the Logon to a central
file-server ) ?
Check your Registry under
Look for the key: "DisablePwdCaching" or
To enable Password-Caching, set the value to 0 (or delete the
If you're running Windows 95 or
Win95 A (OSR1), you may need need the Password List update,
available at: http://support.microsoft.com/download/support/mslfiles/MSPWLUPD.EXE
More information on this
Password-Problem is available in a Microsoft article:
Check Box Is Unavailable:
following is a Newsgroups-Posting of "Ron
Badour" on this problem:
(microsoft.public.win95.networking on Dec.28,97)
Numerous problems can cause
the dial up networking (DUN) password not to save. They include
corrupt password list (.pwl) files, a missing or corrupt network
client in DUN, installing Service Pack 1 and not installing the
password patch, using user profiles and not using a windows logon
password, and using the cancel button to bypass the Windows 95
logon screen. These problems are often related so fix everything
at once. Service Pack 1 (if you want it) and the password patch
are available from the Microsoft Library at:
If you install Service Pack 1, you must install the password
patch since it corrects a bug the pack introduces. Note. The
service pack and patch info does not apply to W95 ver 4.00.950b
These knowledge base articles have
information about DUN and it problems: Q148925, Password Not
Saved; Q135197, Damaged Password List File; Q137361, No Password
Save Box; Q141858, No Logon Box Available at Startup; and
Q138789, Configuring DUN. They are available at:
Save the pertinent ones as text files so they're handy for
After installing the password patch (if applicable), do a search
on *.pwl which is the password list file. You may have more than
one if you use user profiles. The file will be username.pwl (mine
is Ron.pwl). Delete all username.pwl files (not the Rna.pwl file
if you have it) and then reboot. If the logon screen doesn't
appear, see KB article Q141858 for instructions. If you get a
logon screen, enter a user name and a password if you use user
profiles. If you don't use profiles, enter a user name but leave
the password and the reconfirm boxes blank. A blank password
establishes a new .pwl file and precludesthe logon screen from
appearing again. Launch your DUN and see if the "save"
box is grayed out. If it is, see KB article Q137361 for
instructions. If it's working, enter your ISP password, mark the
save box and click the connect button. Let the DUN make an actual
connection, disconnect, close down everything, reboot, and then
launch DUN to ensure the password will save. If you continue to
have problems, consult the remaining KB articles, above. As an
alternative, you can use Dunce which is freeware available for
download at <http://www.vecdev.com/duncelinks.html>. It remembers your password and does
several other DUN chores.
Ron Badour, MS MVP-DTS
Knowledge Base Info: http://support.microsoft.com/support/a.asp?M=S