Whenever you log into a Windows
95 or 98 PC,
Windows creates a file with a
.pwl extension. This file contains
your username and password, in a format that can be recognized only by the
operating system (i.e., your password's security is not compromised). Windows
can then use this information as needed, especially in instances (such as
Dial-up Networking) in which you check a
.pwl files become corrupted. Windows may use the
information in a
.pwl file incorrectly, or even use the wrong
file for a particular resource. This frequently occurs with Dial-up Networking.
.pwl file becomes corrupted, Windows might submit a cached
password even if you manually type in a different one. This behavior can cause
Windows to return error messages saying that your username or password is
incorrect, even if you are typing the information correctly.
If you are having problems with your password and you are confident that you
are typing it correctly, you should delete the
.pwl files on your
computer. Deleting these files does not have an adverse effect, as Windows
automatically regenerates them as needed.
To delete the
.pwl files on your computer, follow these steps:
Find, then click
Files or Folders.
Delkey to remove it.