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Win 8 cant access Server w2k.

  1. #11


    Basic doesn't have those security options although it is possible to make those adjustments in the registry.

    This works on Windows 7 basic and Home Premium but I have not tested this out on Windows 8 basic.

    You should back up the registry before making any changes.


    There needs to be a DWORD named LmCompatibilityLevel set to value of 2 at
    HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa


    If the key doesn't exist...

    Click run type> regedit and navigate to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa then choose to create DWORD named LmCompatibilityLevel then set the value to 2.

    Although it may be worth trying different levels if 2 doesn't work.

    LM compatibility levels as described > LmCompatibilityLevel

    More info on how NTLM works and why it's required.
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    Last edited by chev65; 17 Jan 2013 at 17:02.

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Basic doesn't have those security options although it is possible to make those adjustments in the registry.
    How so? Right now I have 2 PC's down at the office cause I cant connect to Server
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Basic doesn't have those security options although it is possible to make those adjustments in the registry.

    This works on Windows 7 basic and Home Premium but I have not tested this out on Windows 8 basic.

    You should back up the registry before making any changes.


    There needs to be a DWORD named LmCompatibilityLevel set to value of 2 at
    HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa


    If the key doesn't exist...

    Click run type> regedit and navigate to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa then choose to create DWORD named LmCompatibilityLevel then set the value to 2.

    Although it may be worth trying different levels if 2 doesn't work.

    LM compatibility levels as described > LmCompatibilityLevel

    More info on how NTLM works and why it's required.
    Security Watch: The Most Misunderstood Windows Security Setting of All Time
    I remember that fix worked in Win 7. I tried it in Win 8, but it didnt work. Still cannot access server via workgroup. Ugh
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by DRCMessiah View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Basic doesn't have those security options although it is possible to make those adjustments in the registry.

    This works on Windows 7 basic and Home Premium but I have not tested this out on Windows 8 basic.

    You should back up the registry before making any changes.


    There needs to be a DWORD named LmCompatibilityLevel set to value of 2 at
    HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa


    If the key doesn't exist...

    Click run type> regedit and navigate to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa then choose to create DWORD named LmCompatibilityLevel then set the value to 2.

    Although it may be worth trying different levels if 2 doesn't work.

    LM compatibility levels as described > LmCompatibilityLevel

    More info on how NTLM works and why it's required.
    Security Watch: The Most Misunderstood Windows Security Setting of All Time
    I remember that fix worked in Win 7. I tried it in Win 8, but it didnt work. Still cannot access server via workgroup. Ugh
    Have you tried using different levels instead of just level 2, other levels may be worth a try, try using level 4 or level 1.

    I'm sure you are aware that connecting Windows 8 simple or basic to a Domain Server is not supported.

    Needless to say but if you were running Windows 8 pro accessing this server would be no problem once the correct NTLM permissions were set.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DRCMessiah View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Basic doesn't have those security options although it is possible to make those adjustments in the registry.

    This works on Windows 7 basic and Home Premium but I have not tested this out on Windows 8 basic.

    You should back up the registry before making any changes.


    There needs to be a DWORD named LmCompatibilityLevel set to value of 2 at
    HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa


    If the key doesn't exist...

    Click run type> regedit and navigate to HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Lsa then choose to create DWORD named LmCompatibilityLevel then set the value to 2.

    Although it may be worth trying different levels if 2 doesn't work.

    LM compatibility levels as described > LmCompatibilityLevel

    More info on how NTLM works and why it's required.
    Security Watch: The Most Misunderstood Windows Security Setting of All Time
    I remember that fix worked in Win 7. I tried it in Win 8, but it didnt work. Still cannot access server via workgroup. Ugh
    Have you tried using different levels instead of just level 2, other levels may be worth a try, try using level 4 or level 1.

    Needless to say but if you were running Windows 8 pro accessing this server would be no problem once the correct NTLM permissions were set.
    I did. I ran from 0-5 to see if any would change. Maybe ill upgrade then.. just seems silly that it wont connect.
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by DRCMessiah View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DRCMessiah View Post

    I remember that fix worked in Win 7. I tried it in Win 8, but it didnt work. Still cannot access server via workgroup. Ugh
    Have you tried using different levels instead of just level 2, other levels may be worth a try, try using level 4 or level 1.

    Needless to say but if you were running Windows 8 pro accessing this server would be no problem once the correct NTLM permissions were set.
    I did. I ran from 0-5 to see if any would change. Maybe ill upgrade then.. just seems silly that it wont connect.
    Well it's not supported for Windows 8 basic to connect to a Domain server. It may be the 128bit encryption but I'm not sure the registry setting for that.
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  7. #17


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    DRCMessiah, YOU don't use that setting(s) when you first setup your network, you got a special code, should of looked like a Microsoft COA number groupings that you WERE told to copy down and keep in a safe place. THIS is WHAT Windows is LOOKING for. If you didn't save/keep it I feel sorry for you buddy, you'll HAVE to do it ALL over again.
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  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Lonewolf View Post
    DRCMessiah, YOU don't use that setting(s) when you first setup your network, you got a special code, should of looked like a Microsoft COA number groupings that you WERE told to copy down and keep in a safe place. THIS is WHAT Windows is LOOKING for. If you didn't save/keep it I feel sorry for you buddy, you'll HAVE to do it ALL over again.
    HUH? There was no code on setup. If your talking about the homegroup settings...I am not using homegroup. Its a workgroup environment. The workstation is looking for rights to connect to server 2k. It worked day one, but then stopped working and has since rejected the correct UN and PW. I just upgraded the systems to PRO and will see if chev65's fix works now.
    Last edited by DRCMessiah; 18 Jan 2013 at 14:00.
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DRCMessiah View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post

    Have you tried using different levels instead of just level 2, other levels may be worth a try, try using level 4 or level 1.

    Needless to say but if you were running Windows 8 pro accessing this server would be no problem once the correct NTLM permissions were set.
    I did. I ran from 0-5 to see if any would change. Maybe ill upgrade then.. just seems silly that it wont connect.
    Well it's not supported for Windows 8 basic to connect to a Domain server. It may be the 128bit encryption but I'm not sure the registry setting for that.
    there is no DC. its a workgroup. I am just looking to connect to the shared files on W2k server via Admin /password. It keeps telling me the UN and PW are wrong. Its something in windows 8 (i upgraded to pro just now) The server shows events as connecting correctly.. but the workstation still says its wrong UN and PW
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  10. #20


    If you upgraded to Windows 8 Pro then the settings in the link below should allow you access to that server Workgroup or Domain.

    https://www.eightforums.com/network-s...tml#post177162

    Check the time/date settings are in sync with the Servers settings.
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