|Allow Blank Passwords for Vista Remote Desktop|
|Monday, 09 April 2007 13:57|
Problem: When attempting to connect to a remote Vista machine, you receive the message "Your credentials did not work". Vista does not allow a blank password when connecting with remotely via remote desktop. The obvious solution would be to create a password for the account but I hate that.
Solution: Enable blank passwords with the Group Policy Object Editor or via the registry.
Using Group Policy Object Editor to Enable Blank Passwords
Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Security Settings -> Local Policies -> Security Options -> Set 'Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only' to Disable
Using the Registry to Enable Blank Passwords
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Lsa] "LimitBlankPasswordUse"=dword:00000001 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa] "LimitBlankPasswordUse"=dword:00000001
Alternatively you can download the following zip file containing reg files to enable and disable blank passwords. These worked on Vista x64 and might work on the 32-bit version as well. As always though use at your own risk.
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