November 29th, 2004, 00:10 AM
How to: no password for win98
I fixing a friend's computer. I got it working but it's asking for password. The PC is, shall we say, dumpster material (very old) - How to get around this without reinstalling OS? Is it possible? Thanks
*edit - appears they were just user accounts - I clicked cancel and it opened windows
Last edited by lynchknot; November 29th, 2004 at 00:30 AM.
November 29th, 2004, 00:27 AM
Old and Cranky
Hit the "Enter" key.
edit - Yup. Win 98 has no security that way...
Last edited by rik; November 29th, 2004 at 00:34 AM.
November 29th, 2004, 01:08 AM
umm... it's the escape key...hehe
i think we had a post long ago about resetting the password but i'll leave it to someone with a better memory than mine
November 29th, 2004, 01:12 AM
I hit cancel and it worked. Now the problem is connection. It's not finding a connection. I have cable router hooked to it. Not sure which "com" it is.
haha, windows 98 is annoying. I have to look for stuff.
Last edited by lynchknot; November 29th, 2004 at 01:22 AM.
November 29th, 2004, 21:01 PM
Think you need driver for that - raspppoe comes to mind
Password - there is a file in windows directory - ending I think is pwl but check pw* - delete it and you are set. Or set networksettings to windows family and not ms network client - than it will not ask again.
Thats what I can remember - hope memory isn't damaged (.-)
December 4th, 2004, 21:20 PM
Triple Platinum Member
You have a .pwl file for each user that the system has ever had - they store encrypted password information for you. Delete them all and log out and back in without a password. Next boot goes staright to desktop unless you have network logon which will ask for a network password on every boot.
December 4th, 2004, 21:33 PM
Thanks for help
December 5th, 2004, 21:21 PM
Old and Cranky
After deleting*.pwl and rebooting, if MS Networking asks for a password enter a username and leave the PW line blank. Hit enter.