Microsoft is fixing a bug that deletes your passwords in Windows 10

Windows 10 password bug
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In November, Microsoft acknowledged a bug that caused
Windows 10 to fail to remember passwords in Chrome, Edge,
OneDrive and other apps. The problem appears to happen randomly
and to different applications, which makes bug tracking more
difficult.

The frustrating Windows 10 bug basically prevents software from
remembering account credentials. In other words, affected user
has to re-enter their username and password after casually
using their PC.

“After upgrading to Windows 10 version 2004, Windows is no
longer remembering my credentials/passwords in apps across the
system (including the browser) and continually prompting me to
sign in again,” one user noted in
the Feedback Hub.

The reports of the problem first surfaced in April and it’s
finally getting fixed in the next cumulative update, which is
expected to arrive in February or March.

Users revealed that passwords are forgotten for apps like
OneDrive, Outlook, Microsoft Edge, Microsoft account, Google
account, Chrome, Adobe CC, etc.

According to Google researcher Tavis Ormandy, Task Scheduler
will sometimes clobber your saved credentials in LSASS, which
is used for DPAPI User Encryption Key. As a result,
passwords/credentials are randomly ignored and users are asked
to enter their credentials again.

Microsoft has discovered a permanent solution for a frustrating
bug that prevents apps from storing account credentials, and
the fix is currently rolling out to testers in the Windows
Insider program.

“This issue in Windows affects only a comparatively small
number of users with S4U task and it’s now fixed in the latest
Windows 10 insider channel,” wrote Eric Lawrence,
Microsoft Edge Program Manager.

The flaw, which is also said to be deleting cookies in web
browsers, will be fixed for the general public in the next
optional update before heading to all machines in the Patch
Tuesday release.

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