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Monday, 21 December 2009

Enable Password URLs in Internet Explorer 8 (Windows 7, 64 Bit)

Have you ever received a link like the one below for a website where the user name and password is incorporated in to the URL?


When clicked these URLs take you to a website and automatically log you in to it.

In older versions of Internet Explorer it used to just work, however in the IE7 and above Microsoft have disabled the feature for security reasons.

However this can be re-enabled if required by a simple registry fix.

  • First load regedit (START - RUN - type regedit - Click OK.)

  • navigate to: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_HTTP_USERNAME_PASSWORD_DISABLE]

  • Create two new DWORD values called the "IExplore.exe" and "explorer.exe" set with the value of "0".

  • Reboot your computer
The URLs should now work. You can add other Web browsers to this registry key just by adding its ".exe" to the list.

For example:

Maxthons = maxthon.exe
Mozilla Firefox = firefox.exe

Alternatively, copy the following in to notepad and save as iepasswordfix.reg

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Run the file to import the information in to your registry. Remember to backup before you begin.

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Anonymous said...

I tried firefox.exe and it doesn't work. Obviously because it's under Microsoft. So, then is there a way to create a key similar to FEATURE_HTTP_USERNAME_PASSWORD_DISABLE under Firefox in regedit?

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