WIN 98 - Plain passwd?

Thu Dec 10 02:23:46 GMT 1998

Lothar Mühlbauer wrote:
> i'm looking for an answer to the problem WIN98/samba-connection. It
> shows the same failure as shown by WinNT unless the change of Registry
> to EnablePlainPasswd. Is there an answer where the entry
> "EnablePlainPasswd" should be by WIN98? Enable encryoptedPasswd in
> smb.conf brought no solution.


here is a previously posted article from <D.E.Pollard at>. 
This should be the solution to your problem.

kind regards
juergen anzer

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        SAMBA rejecting passwords from Win98 clients - the fix
        Thu, 22 Oct 1998 00:15:52 +1000
        "D.E.Pollard" <D.E.Pollard at>
        Multiple recipients of list <samba at>

There have been several postings about this phenomenon and we too
fell into it when we introduced Win98 clients onto the network.
Somewhere on the web I found the answer:

By default Win98 sends passwords to a server encrypted, and by
default SAMBA compiles with encrypted passwords switched off.
Therefore the password one types in from a Win98 client is received
by SAMBA in an encrypted form. SAMBA does not recognise it and
rejects it.

One can either migrate all clients over to using encrypted passwords
and recompile SAMBA, and there are notes about this at the SAMBA
website. Or one can switch off the encryption on the Win98 client by
editing the registry. We have tried the latter and it works.

Run regedit.  Select

Install the file ptxt_on.inf found in the tools\mtsutil directory of
the Win98 CD. It's  a short file so I reproduce it here:

; Decrypt.INF
; Copyright (c) 1993-1995 Microsoft Corporation




At a later time one can reverse this and have encrypted passwords
again by installing ptxt_off.inf, also on the CD.

All the best,
  Deborah Pollard
  Dept of Engineering
  QMW, Univ of London

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