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6. Shared Internet Connection Annoyances > DIAL-UP CONNECTION-SHARING ANNOYANCE...

DIAL-UP CONNECTION-SHARING ANNOYANCES

DIAL-UP CONNECTION DOESN’T REMEMBER LOGIN INFORMATION

The Annoyance:

Dialing out to my ISP has been very easy. I set up the connection on my Windows Me computer, and now everything happens automatically—even my password is filled in for me. However, I set up a second user on the same computer, and when she launched the dial-up connection, she had to fill in the login name and the password manually.

The Fix:

In all Windows versions except XP, the dial-up settings are saved in the user profile of the person who configured the connection. (See “Windows XP Dial-Up Connections Are for All Users”.) Windows uses a feature called “caching information” to fill in the login name and password automatically. When another user attempts to use the connection, the “cache” is empty, so the information has to be entered manually. That new information is then stored in the user’s profile, so dialing out becomes an automated process in the future for each person.


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