Windows® 98 Resetting Passwords
How to reset passwords in Windows® 98?
The users can find many different types of security features in Windows® 98. The OS makes sure that the user and any other authorized person using the computer can access the files and folders stored on the computer. In Windows® 98, there are numerous layers of passwords that the user can set up as per his or her needs, so that the computer asks for a password at the time of starting up, logging on, and turning off. Windows® 98 does not require these passwords at the time of installation. So, the user can get access to the passwords and change or reset the passwords whenever he or she wants.
Things to know for resetting the passwords in Windows® 98:
- The need to reset the password in Windows® 98
- Changing the password in Windows® 98
- Lost password
The need to reset the password in Windows® 98
In Windows® 98, the user can set up passwords anytime. The user can change the passwords as well. But, sometimes, it might happen that some unauthorized persons, like hackers, have gained access to the computer by applying the passwords that they have received from some source. So, the user needs to change the passwords on regular intervals of time, and should not disclose the passwords to any unauthorized person who does not have any authority to use that particular computer.
Changing the password in Windows® 98
In order to change the system password the user needs to go to the ‘Start’ menu and select ‘Control Panel’. In ‘Control Panel’, the user can find the various system-related options, like ‘Passwords’. Here, click the ‘Change Windows Password’ tab. After this, a question will be posed to the user asking if the user is sure to change the password. The user should click ‘OK’ to change the password. Now, Windows® 98 will ask the user to enter the current and new passwords. If the user wants to change the old password to a new one, then he or she should type the password and click ‘OK’; and if the user does not want to keep any password, then the field provided to enter the new password should be kept blank. If entering a new password, another box will appear asking the user to re-enter the new password. If the previously entered new password matches with this, then the password will be changed.
Sometimes, the user may face problems when he or she cannot remember the password. The user cannot access the computer and is unable to access the important information stored on it. In such cases, hit the ‘Esc’ button when Windows® 98 asks for the password. The password field will be closed and the user will be able to enter the computer as a guest. As a guest, the user is unable to access the profile-related folders. Then, the user should go to the ‘Start’ menu and search for folders with the ‘.pwl’ extension. This will show a list of passwords of that computer. The ‘.pwl’ files are nothing but system passwords file. The user can only delete them. When the system restarts, then Windows® 98 will ask the user to enter a new password.