Microsoft confirms major Windows 10 fail is playing havoc with passwords

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For the past few months, we’ve been reporting the details of a
critical flaw in Windows 10 which messes with passwords stored
by the operating system. When Windows 10 messes with your
passwords, you will need to enter your app and websites
credentials upon every reboot, which is pretty annoying.

In August, Microsoft sources told us that the tech giant is
aware of the
problem that messes with Windows Credentials Manager and
Windows 10 Task Scheduler, but the issue wasn’t documented
until today.

Following an update to Windows 10, users started reporting

Chrome, Edge, Outlook, OneDrive and other apps have stopped
syncing. This annoying glitch is also deleting cookies
stored in the web browser, asking users to sign in to their
apps every time they reboot Windows.

This bug doesn’t affect Windows 10’s login but it would affect
Microsoft apps, such as Outlook, OneDrive and Office. It would
also affect the data you back up to your Microsoft services to
sync across your other devices.

Over the weekend, Microsoft quietly announced that bug is
hitting Outlook, Chrome, and other apps. The tech giant noted
that users will have these issues when they install Windows 10
Build 19041.173 or newer.

If you’re affected, you’ll notice that Outlook and other apps
do not remember your password anymore.

Microsoft points out that tasks created by users or certain
apps in Windows 10 Task Scheduler seem to cause password
issues.

For example, HP Customer participation utility appears to
create a task that causes the issue on HP machines. Similarly,
some other unknown apps are also troubling users with
system-wide password amnesia.

How to fix Windows 10 password forgetting bug

If Windows 10 is unable to remember your passwords, you can
launch PowerShell with administrator privilege and enter the
following command:

  Get-ScheduledTask | foreach { If (([xml](Export-ScheduledTask -TaskName $_.TaskName -TaskPath $_.TaskPath)).GetElementsByTagName("LogonType").'#text' -eq "S4U") { $_.TaskName } }

The above command will return Task Scheduler output. Make a
note of the output and disable those tasks in Windows
Scheduler. To do this, simply open Windows Search and search
for ‘Task Scheduler’, and make the appropriate changes.

Microsoft’s senior engineer also said that they don’t have a
concrete answer as to whether this can happen in older Windows
versions.

It’s unclear when Microsoft is planning to address the
problems, but Edge developer suggested that it will be a
long wait “until we can release it via a monthly servicing
update”.

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