How to edit the XP home registry to remember the passwords for network drives

Written by jim campbell
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The Windows registry contains all saved user settings, including the mapped network drives and the associated passwords. Each time you connect to a network drive, you must enter your network password. You can set Windows to remember the password instead of continually asking for the password. This means you connect to the mapped network drive without being prompted for the password, which makes it more convenient to connect.

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    Click the Windows "Start" button and type "regedit" into the text box. Press "Enter" to open the registry editor for your system.

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    Click the plus sign next to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER." This expands a list of options. Click "Network" and then click the mapped network drive letter.

  3. 3

    Right-click "DeferFlags" and select "Modify." Enter "1" for the registry value and then click "OK." This saves the changes for the setting. Reboot your computer for the registry changes to take effect.

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