Dial-Up Networking Refuses to Remember Passwords
by Bob Wright
Dial-Up Networking not remember passwords? This behavior manifests
itself either by disabling the Save Password checkbox, or by ignoring its
setting. This is a rather irritating bug in Windows's Dial-up Networking.
- Double-click on the Network icon in Control Panel, and choose the
Identification tab. Although the Workgroup and Computer Description have no
use in Dial-up Networking, the Computer Name must be your login for your ISP
(Internet Service Provider).
- Make any necessary changes, and press OK when finished. You'll have to
restart Windows, but once you're back in, try again.
- Double-click on your connection icon. This time, your correct login will
be in the login field, and you should be allowed to type in your password.
Remember to turn on Save Password if it's not grayed out.
Note: If you don't have an Identification tab, see Installing and Coping
with Dial-Up Networking to make sure Dial-Up Networking is installed
Try deleting and creating a new connection by opening up the Dial-Up
Networking Window and double-clicking on Add New Connection.
- Double-click on the Passwords icon in Control Panel, and click on the
User Profiles tab.
- Select Users can customize their preferences..., choose the desired
options below, and click OK.
- Restart Windows - when asked for a username and password, leave the
password field blank.
When asked if Windows should remember settings for this user, answer Yes.
Occasionally, the Password List (pwl) files get corrupted - try deleting
(or renaming) all *.PWL files in your Windows directory.
- Refer to Installing and Coping with Dial-Up Networking to make sure
Dial-Up Networking and all the necessary components are installed correctly.
- Note: try adding the Client For Microsoft Networks into the network
section of Control Panel if it's not already there.
- If you have more than one connection, and the password checkbox is
turned off for at least one, none of them will work.
- Run the Registry Editor (REGEDIT.EXE).
- Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\
Network\ Real Mode Net.
- If you see autologon (on the right side) with a value of 00,
double-click on it, and replace the value with 01 00 00 00 00.
- You'll have to restart Windows for this change to take effect.