Internet Explorer (in XP) password remembering

  troydi 13:05 30 Jan 2003

When I had good old windows 98, and I went to a ebsite that came up with a box that asked for my password and user name, I clicked the "remember my password" box and it would. However, it doesn't in xp anymore. It comes up with the box, but it doesn't actually save it. I looked at Microsofts website and that said to go through the user accounts section and click on manage network passwords, but the passwords aren't there, and there is no "add" button. Help! It's getting annoying having to type this thing evry single time I go online.

  ©®@$ђ 13:14 30 Jan 2003

This fix also applies to Outlook, other programs that store passwords in the Protected Storage System Provider sub branch of the Registry. It also corrects some issues with Internet Explorer and Autocomplete.

This is caused by a damaged Registry key. To Remove the broken Key in Windows® XP

1) Click Start, click Run, and then type regedt32 in the Open box.

2) Locate the following registry key:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage System Provider

3) Right click the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Protected Storage System Provider key, and then Select Permissions.

4) In the Permissions for Protected Storage System Provider dialog box, click the Advanced tab. Make sure that the <Username> has Full Control access. Select "Replace permission entries..."

5) Click OK.

6) Repeat steps 3 through 5 for each subkey that is listed under the Protected Storage System Provider registry key; otherwise, you may receive the following error message when you try to delete the Protected Storage System Provider key:

Registry editor could not delete the key currently selected. The key or one of its
subkeys does not give you delete access.

Note: The sub keys under Protected Storage System Provide will look something like this:


7) At this point, you can delete the Protected Storage System Provider key by clicking Delete on the Edit menu. If you prefer, you can first export a copy of this key, and then delete the key. To export the key, right click the Protected Storage System Provider key, and select Export. The exported file can be re-imported by double clicking on it.

8) When you click Delete, you receive the following message:

Registry editor will delete the currently selected key and all its subkeys. Do you want to continue
the operation?

Click Yes to finish the process.

9) Start Outlook Express. When Outlook Express checks your mail account(s) you will be able to re-enter your password(s). This process repopulates the Protected Storage System Provider registry key with the correct information for that computer's SID.

this also applies to internet explorer

  Brian Magorrian 21:08 01 Nov 2003

How do you implement this fix for Windows95, please?

  [email protected] 09:40 02 Nov 2003

Repairing your password list file
The inability to save a password setting can occur if the password list file is damaged. Sometimes such damage is detected by Windows 95. When this occurs, Windows 95 offers to delete the damaged file. However, some types of damage are not detected. Locate and then delete or rename your password list file. The file is named Username.pwl, where Username is the name you use to log on, and should be located in the Windows folder. After you delete or rename the file, restart Windows 95.

Rename the Rna.pwl file in the Windows folder. To do so, type the following line at a command prompt, and then press ENTER ren c:\windows\rna.pwl rna.old where windows is the name of your Windows folder. After renaming the Rna.pwl file, restart your computer. NOTE: The Rna.pwl file may not exist on your computer. This file is not required in some configurations.Microsoft also provide a small utility, which updates your password list, you can download this utility from here mspwlupd2.exe. Once downloaded on to your machine, come off line, close all applications and double click on the file, it will self install

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