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Three computers: A, B and C. When I try to connect to A or B from C, I am asked for a password. Why?

Hello Mr. Hinsberg. How are you? I have three computers on a network governed by a Linksys router, which facilitates the sharing of Internet connection via DSL.

Computer A = Win2k
Computer B = NT 4.0
Computer C = Windows 95

I am able share files and folder on A and B, but not C. When I try to connect to A or B from C, I am asked for a password. The message box displays "You must supply a password to make this connection" and also the following info: Resources: VICS133IPC$, Password:

I know what VICS133 is, which is the name of computer B I am trying to connect to, but the request and IPC$ baffles me. Would you know why it is asking for a password and how to prevent it from asking for a password?

The Win2k and the NT 4.0 systems are using User Level Security model and the Windows 95 machine is using Share Level Security. This is the default for the systems mentioned. Reconfigure the Windows 95 machine to use User Level Security instead. This is done in the control panel | Networking | File and Printer Sharing -- if I am not mistaken. Tobe quite honest, it has been a while since I have had to touch a Windows 95 machine.

If I am wrong, take a look in the Windows help file and search for User Level Security. Once that is done, log in to the Windows 95 machine using a username and password that exists on the Win2k and WinNT machines. That way the Win95 machine will pass the information automatically to the other machines.

This was first published in January 2002

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