What are those PWL files?

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USERNAME.PWL
USERNAME.PWL (where USERNAME is your logon name) is a password list file (PWL). It records passwords to resources on the network and uses them to reconnect to those resources so you don't have to type the password again. The resource name and password is saved in your PWL file whenever you are prompted for a password (except for your logon password. The file is obviously encrypted, if you delete this file, you must type the password for each password-protected resource next time you connect to it.
SHARES.PWL
SHARES.PWL is much the same as the other PWL files in internal file format. SHARES.PWL contains the share names, the names of the shared directories, comments, and passwords. If you delete SHARES.PWL, you must manually re-create all your shares or restore SHARES.PWL from a backup copy of the file. There are no default shares, so if you don't explicitly share a resource, nobody can access it on your machine ( no security breaches occur if you delete SHARES.PWL.) There is no limit to the number of shares you create, but SHARES.PWL is limited to a file size of 64K bytes.
Answered 06/22/2002 by: bkelly
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  • PWL stands for Pasword List Files. It is used in Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows ME. It records passwords to resources on the network and uses them to reconnect to those resources so you don't have to type the password again. Whenever Windows prompts you for a password (except for your logon password, which secures the PWL file itself), the resource name and password are saved in your PWL file for future use. Windows stores passwords for shares on share-level security servers (including Windows for Workgroups machines), passwords for user-level security LAN Manager servers, and LAN Manager domain passwords (used if your logon is validated on a LAN Manager domain).
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