RE: [NTO] Reinstalling Windows
- Adrian / Rosemary,
This is in response to your question: retaining password
for Internet logon. The one thing I know for sure is that you
MUST be logging onto Windows with at least ONE login I.D. (it
does not need a password here). If you log onto Windows via the
"Esc" key when it asks you to login, no passwords will be
remembered. If you ARE already logging on, then it may be
perhaps that your password profile (*.pwl in C:\Windows ...)
could be corrupt. You could delete it, reboot and re-create it.
Please note that your (former) desktop layout will be lost.
Having Windows retain your Internet (ISP) password (and
others) is one of the biggest complaints Windows users' has. It
is also possible that your ISP's (custom) dialer refuses (by
design) to "remember passwords". That is less likely, I think.
If this hint and others that may come do not help you,
holler again and I'll research this some more for you.
Good luck to you!
Christopher J. Spilker
- Hugo & Adrian,
At 11:14 PM 1/22/02 +0000, you wrote:
Here is my input on the below.
> > How can I save the Internet log on passwords? I can find no way toThese are kept in files called cookies. Do a search for files and folders
and put in Cookies and it will list the multitudes on your system. Which is
which and what goes to who can be a little difficult to determine ;-)
>TheThe DUN info is always lost when you re-install Windows it is part of My
> > DUN either hasn't saved or it hasn't and it's greyed out.
Computer and to date, I haven't found a way to preserve it.
>I think it may have to do with profiles|user passwords and *.pwl files..PWL & .PWD files get overwritten when reinstalling Windows. You need to
back them up before re-installing and copy them back afterwords.
- Yes I noticed that the Freeserve CD (retrieve an account) put the email
address as an identifier for the actual Windows login but I just pressed return
through giving a password. By then logging on with it, it ungreyed the save
password box but then it doesn't save the password.
I will do as before and stick to the Lemondialler, with passwords saved into it
and then it does the work. It bypasses the DUN box, but must be used first.
Regarding the icons... According to a file of help, if the display colours is
above 256 colours, you can click something about show all icon colours to get
them all showing. Well I've got 32 million colours selected but there are only
16 on icons and I cannot find this thing to click anywhere (regarding display
- At 07:30 PM 1/22/02, Jim Hall wrote:
>The DUN info is always lost when you re-install Windows it is part ofYou cannot preserve it but you can store/save the information. I
>Computer and to date, I haven't found a way to preserve it.
haven't used DUN since I went DSL almost two years ago, but I remember
figuring out that I could drag a DUN connection icon to the desktop and
then open and save it in NoteTab.
Give it a try ...
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- Hi Adrian,
>Regarding the icons... According to a file of help, if the display colours isI use Windows95 too. I have the icon colors on the Plus! tab in properties.
>above 256 colours, you can click something about show all icon colours to get
>them all showing. Well I've got 32 million colours selected but there are
>16 on icons and I cannot find this thing to click anywhere (regarding display
If you don't have Plus! installed, maybe this registry hack will work. I've
saved the tip from somewhere and am not sure if I have ever tried it, so
use it at your own risk. ;)
Or better, get the free 'mini version' of Plus! - at least I think that's
how I got the icon settings in Properties.
1 open registry editor
2 in the left pane double click on HKEY_CURRENT_USER
3 in the left pane double click on Control Panel
4 in the left pane double click on Desktop
5 in the left pane double click on WindowMetrics
6 in the right pane look for a key named Shell Icon BPP
create it if it is not there
7 in the right pane double click on Shell Icon BPP and give it a
value of 16 (for 16 bit video cards) or a value of 24 (for 24 bit
video cards) or a value of 32 (for 32 bit video cards)
the default is 4 for 16 colors and 8 for 256 colors
8 click ok exit registry editor
if you need to create the Shell Icon BPP key in the left
pane right click under WindowMetrics then in the right pane right
click an empty area choose new string value and name it
Shell Icon BPP
your video card must display over 256 colours for any effect
- Adrian Worsfold wrote:
> Regarding the icons... According to a file of help, if the display colours isAdrian,
> above 256 colours, you can click something about show all icon colours to get
> them all showing. Well I've got 32 million colours selected but there are only
> 16 on icons and I cannot find this thing to click anywhere (regarding display
I believe what you're looking for can be found in;
Start > Settings > Control Panel > Display > Effects tab
There is a checkbox marked "Show icons using all possible colors"
- Many thanks for all your replies.
leads to a useful application for smooth fonts, but nothing about icons. I've
tried searching for Plus! but Microsoft's website does not give a response.
I jumped at the suggestion of the effects tab on Display Properties but mine
has no effects tab. I installed Tweak and Powertoys but nothing there. I still
have these colour collapsing icons!
Your replies about the dial up are quite interesting and yes the solution is as it
was for me, that of having a delivery of passwords saved elsewhere and sent
past the DUN box. I shall go back to IE 5.5 shortly (for its print preview) where
the DUN box is always greyed out regarding passwords. In the present IE 5
version, the password isn't there but the first account I can press (but not the
others) allows the box to be ticked and using that account will bring back
other passwords. Should I choose a different account first time, their
password save boxes are greyed out. What a completely stupid system.
Somewhere in my boxes of CDs is something I must have once used that
stopped icons with orange and fleshy colours going grey.
>This http://www.microsoft.com/typography/grayscal/smoother.htm?fname=%Yes, but installing it makes other things appear on that Plus! tab too. The
>leads to a useful application for smooth fonts, but nothing about icons. I've
>tried searching for Plus! but Microsoft's website does not give a response.
screen shot on the page is cut down. I think the icon thing was available
to me before I installed this package, but hidden somewhere. Now I have
most thing concerning the desktop in the same place. I'll send you a screen
Install it anyway. I don't know how I got by without smooth fonts.
- Thank you all for your contributions, I explored some of the tracks
that were offered, and finally got it working again.
For your information...
Problem with Dial UP Networking Password fixed
I was away for a couple of days, and I just saw that I managed to
get the save password box of my Dial Up connection to work again.
What I did (among others) was to get rid of my old password (I
experimented with Control Panels' Passwords and Control Panels'
Users, but maybe you can delete your *.pwl-file as well, I'm not sure
what I did last week, maybe both). When I restarted windows I left
the password field blank a couple of times and canceled. This did not
do the trick... What I *should* have done was leave the password
field blank and then click *OK*, not Cancel. Only then apparently the
password-list is generated anew; which makes it possible to store the
Dial UP Networking Password for future sessions.
Search Microsoft Support or Knowledge base for these items for more
Dial-Up Networking Password Is Not Saved (Q148925)
How to Disable and Delete User Profiles (Q156826)