Microsoft KB Archive/102775

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Article ID: 102775

Article Last Modified on 12/5/2003


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows for Workgroups 3.11

This article was previously published under Q102775


In some cases, you may have problems accessing Windows NT servers from Windows for Workgroups (WfWG) computers. This article covers some of the better known connectivity issues.

When you are using Workgroup Connections or Windows for Workgroups network functions from MS-DOS, connecting to a computer with a space in the computer name will result in a syntax error.


Use quotation marks around the computer name and share name. This will allow the connections. For example:

NET USE F: "\\Computer Name\share"


Using Lowercase Extended Characters for Passwords

Lower level machines such as WFWG should not use lowercase extended characters for passwords on Windows NT servers. By convention, the down level client converts the password to uppercase before it is sent to Windows NT. Some of the international characters do not have an uppercase equivalent, which causes Windows NT to fail to validate the password.

Using a Windows for Workgroups Machine as a Backup Browser

If Windows NT is the master browser and Windows for Workgroups is the backup browser, you may get an empty browser list under the following conditions:

  • A user logs on to the Windows for Workgroups machine and does not have a valid username/password for the domain.
  • The Windows NT master browser goes down and promotes the Windows for Workgroups browser.

The Windows for Workgroups machine may have a empty browser list caused by a failure to authenticate with the master before Windows for Workgroups was promoted.

Using International Characters in the Windows NT Share Name

If you try to connect to a Windows NT share that contains one or more international characters in the share name, you will receive an error message.

Access Denied Errors

Windows for Workgroups does not send out domain information when:

  • It attempts to log on to the Windows for Workgroups system
  • You issue a "NET USE" command for a Windows NT server causing a logon to an Windows NT system

This may cause access denied errors in the case where you have primary accounts with different passwords in more than one trusted domain. Your access to the server will depend on which trusted domain can authenticate the users credential first.

Error 2242

A Windows for Workgroups computer may be unable to connect to a Windows NT or Windows NT Advanced server computer, for the purposes of sharing resources. When you try to connect, the Windows for Workgroups computer generates the following error message: Error 2242.

Windows for Workgroups computers need accounts on Windows NT computers to use shared resources on the Windows NT computers. Error 2242 is generated if the given password on that account has expired. This error can also be generated if the "User must change password on next logon" box was checked when the account was created.

To correct this error use the following procedure:

  1. Make sure the "User must change password on next logon" box is unchecked.
  2. Type the user password for the Windows for Workgroups computer account.

Additional query words: wfw wfwg prodnt WC 3.10 3.11 browse

Keywords: KB102775