How to Remove an Enter Network Password Prompt

Written by faizah imani
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If you are running Windows 95, 98 or ME, you might occasionally receive the "Enter Network Password" window when powering on your computer. Although you can click the "OK" option to bypass the window, doing this every time your computer boots up can become a nuisance. The good news is that there is a simple fix that you can perform to permanently stop this box from popping up.

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  1. 1

    Click your Windows "Start" button. Click "Settings." Open your "Control Panel." Open the "Network" options.

  2. 2

    Select the "Windows Logon" option that is underneath the "Configuration" tab. Select "OK" to close out of the window. If you receive a window asking if you would like to restart your computer, select "No."

  3. 3

    Open your "Control Panel" window again. Select the "Passwords" option.

  4. 4

    Click on the "User Profiles" tab. Under the tab, select the option that indicates all users will use the same settings.

  5. 5

    Select the "Change Password" tab. Click on "Windows Password."

  6. 6

    Tab inside of the Windows Password box as if you are going to type a password. Instead of typing a password, leave the box blank. Select "OK" to save your work.

  7. 7

    Click on your Windows "Start" button to perform a search for ".pwl" to locate the old password file. When the file is located, rename the file. If you have more than one .pwl file, rename all of them. An example of an easy way to rename them is .pwl1, .pwl2, *.pwl3.

  8. 8

    Restart your computer after all of the old password files have been renamed. When the computer boots up, you will not longer see the network password prompt.

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