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How can I make Windows machines use unencrypted (plain text) passwords?

This is an ancient post with no relevance to modern systems.

First- you probably shouldn't do this. Modern versions of Samba and Visionfs work with encrypted passwords, and the older versions have many other problems and bugs anyway, so you should just upgrade and use encrypted passwords.

If you use Unix passwords, and are running Windows 98 or Windows 95 with certain patches, or Windows NT, you will need to run "regedit" and add a DWORD Value to allow plain text passwords:: open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE->System->CurrentControlSet->Services->VXD. Highlight VNETSUP, and then Edit, Add DWORD. Name it "EnablePlainTextPassword", and then modify it to have a value of "1".

For Windows 2000, wayne_v@my-deja.com offered this:

 If your 3rd party SMB (Server Message Block) server requires
 unencrypted passwords:
 1.     Start / Programs / Administrative Tools / Local Security
 2.     Expand the Security Settings / Local Policy / Security Options
 3.     Double-click Send unencrypted passwords to connect to third-
 party SMB servers.
 4.     Press the Enabled radio button.
 NOTE: If domain-level security is defined, it will take precedence.
 This option will weaken your overall security. See if the vendor has an

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