We have a Windows XP Professional computer that needs to access a network share hosted by a Windows Server 2003 machine, but the user does not want to enter a user name and password over and over again. The XP computer is not on a domain although the server is. To set this up, we went into the dialog brought up by typing:
and then added the appropriate server name and credentials. This worked great for months and the user never had to enter a password.
Recently though, we have to enter the user name and password every time the computer is turned on.
After rebooting, any attempt to reconnect to the network share causes Windows to ask for network credentials again. If we go back to the userpasswords2 dialog, the server name and credentials we just entered are gone. When connecting to the share manually, checking the box to remember the password has no effect that survives a reboot. What happened?