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Windows 7: VPN....password problems? Or not?

11 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit///Vista Home Premium 32-bit
VPN....password problems? Or not?


Just curious. As far as I can tell, I have all my settings for a VPN correct. I was having "800" and "806" errors constantly trying to connect from my friends house to my PC at home.
I came home, fiddled with router and firewall. I have now managed to get past the constant errors, but it keeps telling me to re-enter the password. It's like I have routed everything, now it's just a matter of security clearance.

My question is this. Am I supposed to create a new user account on the "outgoing" PC at my friend's house that matches the one on my home network. (incoming)


Home PC - Account name - J
Away PC - Account name - J

and both have to have the same password?

I am confused with this as when I add an allowed user in "incoming connection properties" and i go to the properties of .....


it shows a bunch of dots where the password entry is. But the number of dots exceeds how many should actually be there.


my password for "J", to access my home PC is 12 letter/numbers long
the number of dots representing my password in "incoming connection porperties" is 16 letter/numbers long.

This is the case for each user that I have tried to allow on my VPN. The hidden password lenghts don't match the actual password lengths.

Another thing I tried was removing passwords from both user accounts on the home PC, logging out of each account, then went back into the "incoming connectin properties" and checked each user.
The "overdotted" passwords were still there for each user.

SO, now that neither user has an actual password, as I removed them both, I thought I would enter a new password for each account, while in the incoming connectin properties" window.

A warning came up and stated....along the lines.... that if I continued, the next time I log out of those users, this new password will be created and I could lose data, and or access.

I decided to try it anyways, and entered the same password for both my Administrator account and my "J" account.

I then logged out again, just to make sure all things save.

However, when I go back into "incoming connection properties" I see the same "overdotted" passwords under each user. Longer than the new passwords I just created.

I phoned my friend, told him to try the new passwords I just made, and we get the same thing.....asked to re-enter the passwords.

What is going on here? Is Window creating it's own password and expects me to just guess at it. Or am I not doing this right, and I need to create a user account on my friend's PC that matches one of my home PC accounts?

I am lost and frustrated with this to no avail, as I tore down my recent ICS setup I had after reading that one adapter trying to run an ICS and a VPN at the same time can cause issues. This obviously didn't help and now I have no idea where to go from here.

The tutorials make it look so simple...but I am not having any luck.

Sorry for the long post, but I felt I need to explain it in as clear of detail as possible.
Help lol!

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