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Windows XP password saving..a nightmare

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Windows XP password saving..a nightmare

Just to say that I migrated from MS-DOS and UNIX
to Windows XP three weeks ago. And I signed up
for PLusNet a couple of days ago because I thought
it right up my street. Then I had to traverse and
enter all the passwords on PLusNet as I navigated
my way around seeing what I could do. And then I
made my mistake. I started using the Windows XP
password saving facility. And somehow (at 2 in the
morning) I scrambled one of my PlusNet saved
passwords. There is nothing PlusNet can do about
this because the problem lies in Windows XP. So
I had to spend hours on the phone to my Windows XP
people trying to find a remedy to replace the
scrambled password. Nothing would work and as a
final desperate resort I tried to restore the
Windows XP system to a previous version. BY
extraordinarily good luck a snapshot had been
taken not long before the disaster happened
and I was able to start reusing PlusNet. If that
snapshot of the previous system had not been there
the only remedy would have been to cancel my new
PlusNet account and request a replacement PlusNet
account. I have installed so much software and
date on Windows XP in the last three weeks that
this would have been the simpler course of action,
if PlusNet agreed. So I cannot emphasis too
strongly how dangerous it is to use the Windows
XP password saving facility. I have some existing
PlusNet passwords saved on Windows XP and am terrified of making a silly error and corrupting
them. It is all too easy to do.
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RE: Windows XP password saving..a nightmare

> Just to say that I migrated from MS-DOS and UNIX
> to Windows XP three weeks ago. And I signed up
> for PLusNet a couple of days ago because I thought
> it right up my street. Then I had to traverse and
> enter all the passwords on PLusNet as I navigated
> my way around seeing what I could do. And then I
> made my mistake. I started using the Windows XP
> password saving facility. And somehow (at 2 in the
> morning) I scrambled one of my PlusNet saved
> passwords. There is nothing PlusNet can do about
> this because the problem lies in Windows XP. So
> I had to spend hours on the phone to my Windows XP
> people trying to find a remedy to replace the
> scrambled password. Nothing would work and as a
> final desperate resort I tried to restore the
> Windows XP system to a previous version. BY
> extraordinarily good luck a snapshot had been
> taken not long before the disaster happened
> and I was able to start reusing PlusNet. If that
> snapshot of the previous system had not been there
> the only remedy would have been to cancel my new
> PlusNet account and request a replacement PlusNet
> account. I have installed so much software and
> date on Windows XP in the last three weeks that
> this would have been the simpler course of action,
> if PlusNet agreed. So I cannot emphasis too
> strongly how dangerous it is to use the Windows
> XP password saving facility. I have some existing
> PlusNet passwords saved on Windows XP and am terrified of making a silly error and corrupting
> them. It is all too easy to do.
>

I should explain how I corrupted the saved password. I didnt realise (by the asterisks) that the password was saved and retyped it. This, of course, was not accepted. Eventually after many unsuccesful attempts in my frustration I saved
what I was typing in via the Windows XP dialogue
box. Thus I created my scrambled saved password which it seems couldnt be corrected by any means
other than starting off from scratch again, either
on Windows XP or on PlusNet. Luckily I could revert to an earlier Windows XP system. Unluckily
this also has some saved passwords so I live in mortal danger if I am silly again.
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RE: Windows XP password saving..a nightmare

What a tale of woe, you have gone to a lot of trouble for nothing there are lots of ways out of this problem.
You could have logged onto XP as a diffrent user as then nothing had been saved.

You could have deleted all your cookies.

If worse came to worse you could have installed another browser and that wouldnt know the passwords.

The easy way to clear it is to open IE choose Tools/internet options/content/autocomplete then click clear passwords thats all there is to it.

Dont panic in these situation if you had asked on the forum you would have got a reply. I am surprised +net didnt know this one




> > Just to say that I migrated from MS-DOS and UNIX
> > to Windows XP three weeks ago. And I signed up
> > for PLusNet a couple of days ago because I thought
> > it right up my street. Then I had to traverse and
> > enter all the passwords on PLusNet as I navigated
> > my way around seeing what I could do. And then I
> > made my mistake. I started using the Windows XP
> > password saving facility. And somehow (at 2 in the
> > morning) I scrambled one of my PlusNet saved
> > passwords. There is nothing PlusNet can do about
> > this because the problem lies in Windows XP. So
> > I had to spend hours on the phone to my Windows XP
> > people trying to find a remedy to replace the
> > scrambled password. Nothing would work and as a
> > final desperate resort I tried to restore the
> > Windows XP system to a previous version. BY
> > extraordinarily good luck a snapshot had been
> > taken not long before the disaster happened
> > and I was able to start reusing PlusNet. If that
> > snapshot of the previous system had not been there
> > the only remedy would have been to cancel my new
> > PlusNet account and request a replacement PlusNet
> > account. I have installed so much software and
> > date on Windows XP in the last three weeks that
> > this would have been the simpler course of action,
> > if PlusNet agreed. So I cannot emphasis too
> > strongly how dangerous it is to use the Windows
> > XP password saving facility. I have some existing
> > PlusNet passwords saved on Windows XP and am terrified of making a silly error and corrupting
> > them. It is all too easy to do.
> >
>
> I should explain how I corrupted the saved password. I didnt realise (by the asterisks) that the password was saved and retyped it. This, of course, was not accepted. Eventually after many unsuccesful attempts in my frustration I saved
> what I was typing in via the Windows XP dialogue
> box. Thus I created my scrambled saved password which it seems couldnt be corrected by any means
> other than starting off from scratch again, either
> on Windows XP or on PlusNet. Luckily I could revert to an earlier Windows XP system. Unluckily
> this also has some saved passwords so I live in mortal danger if I am silly again.
>

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RE: Windows XP password saving..a nightmare

Thanks. My inexperience of Windows XP is going to give me a few headaches like this.

> What a tale of woe, you have gone to a lot of trouble for nothing there are lots of ways out of this problem.
> You could have logged onto XP as a diffrent user as then nothing had been saved.
>
> You could have deleted all your cookies.
>
> If worse came to worse you could have installed another browser and that wouldnt know the passwords.
>
> The easy way to clear it is to open IE choose Tools/internet options/content/autocomplete then click clear passwords thats all there is to it.
>
> Dont panic in these situation if you had asked on the forum you would have got a reply. I am surprised +net didnt know this one
>
>
>
>
> > > Just to say that I migrated from MS-DOS and UNIX
> > > to Windows XP three weeks ago. And I signed up
> > > for PLusNet a couple of days ago because I thought
> > > it right up my street. Then I had to traverse and
> > > enter all the passwords on PLusNet as I navigated
> > > my way around seeing what I could do. And then I
> > > made my mistake. I started using the Windows XP
> > > password saving facility. And somehow (at 2 in the
> > > morning) I scrambled one of my PlusNet saved
> > > passwords. There is nothing PlusNet can do about
> > > this because the problem lies in Windows XP. So
> > > I had to spend hours on the phone to my Windows XP
> > > people trying to find a remedy to replace the
> > > scrambled password. Nothing would work and as a
> > > final desperate resort I tried to restore the
> > > Windows XP system to a previous version. BY
> > > extraordinarily good luck a snapshot had been
> > > taken not long before the disaster happened
> > > and I was able to start reusing PlusNet. If that
> > > snapshot of the previous system had not been there
> > > the only remedy would have been to cancel my new
> > > PlusNet account and request a replacement PlusNet
> > > account. I have installed so much software and
> > > date on Windows XP in the last three weeks that
> > > this would have been the simpler course of action,
> > > if PlusNet agreed. So I cannot emphasis too
> > > strongly how dangerous it is to use the Windows
> > > XP password saving facility. I have some existing
> > > PlusNet passwords saved on Windows XP and am terrified of making a silly error and corrupting
> > > them. It is all too easy to do.
> > >
> >
> > I should explain how I corrupted the saved password. I didnt realise (by the asterisks) that the password was saved and retyped it. This, of course, was not accepted. Eventually after many unsuccesful attempts in my frustration I saved
> > what I was typing in via the Windows XP dialogue
> > box. Thus I created my scrambled saved password which it seems couldnt be corrected by any means
> > other than starting off from scratch again, either
> > on Windows XP or on PlusNet. Luckily I could revert to an earlier Windows XP system. Unluckily
> > this also has some saved passwords so I live in mortal danger if I am silly again.
> >
>
>