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28-May-2007, 09:36 AM #1
Password now required to access workgroup computer...
Hi,
I have a two computer network set-up consisting of one WinXP Home and one WinXP Pro, both on SP2. Recently, SyncToy stopped working on the XP Home machine - it said that the target server was not available. The shares could be seen in 'My Network Places'. Clicking on one of these shares prompted me for a password for a username of 'Guest'. I took a guess at this based on passwords I commonly use and eventually found it. SynToy started to workagain. I have to do this now for each session.

What has changed and how can I put it back as it was, with no password?

Thanks for your time,
John.
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28-May-2007, 05:08 PM #2
Give this a try.

Create a file in notepad named FIXANON.REG with the following contents:

------------------- Use text after this line -------------------
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa]
"restrictanonymous"=dword:00000000
------------------- Use text before this line -----------------

Double click on the file and say Yes to the merge into registry question.
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28-May-2007, 05:53 PM #3
Well, that works but it doesn't survive a reboot - is there a way to make it permanent?

Many thanks,
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28-May-2007, 07:43 PM #4
"... is there a way to make it permanent?"

Find what's changing it. Some kind of Internet Security suite (firewall) maybe?

Does it survive a boot into SAFE mode?
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28-May-2007, 09:36 PM #5
The fact that it works indicates that Terry is correct, some security software is preventing permanent changes to the registry.
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29-May-2007, 09:15 AM #6
Rats!
now it doesn't work at all. I have used regedit to confirm that the update has survived a reboot. All I can think is that I must have typed the password at some point before running the registry update which made me think that the fix had worked when it hadn't. Sorry for misleading you.

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29-May-2007, 09:24 AM #7
You can create a user account on the "server" with the same name/password as is used to login to the client machine. That will also eliminate the password prompt.
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29-May-2007, 10:01 AM #8
Thanks,
that works. Would it also work to remove the password from the 'guest' account? If so, how?
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Control Panel, User Accounts, Guest. You can modify the account there. However, I don't see any option to password protect the Guest account, never tried.
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