How can I stop my Windows 9x clients having to enter a separate Windows password when logging onto a domain?

A. In the old Windows for Workgroups days the admincfg.exe utility was used to disable password caching and a similar functionality exists in Windows 95 and Windows 98.

  1. Start the registry editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Network
  3. From the Edit menu menu select New - DWORD Value
  4. Enter a name of DisablePwdCaching and press Enter
  5. Double click on the new value and set to 1. Click OK
  6. Close the registry editor and reboot the machine

Upon reboot clients will no longer have to enter a local password, just the domain.

When clients use the Password control panel applet the "Change Windows Password" button under "Windows password" will be grayed out and only "Other passwords can be set". Clients would then select "Microsoft Networking" as per normal

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