In the IE patch MS04-004 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer (832894) Microsoft removed the ability to define a user/password variable in a http or https url.

Now most people won't mind this, however for myself I use htaccess every 30 seconds... So I emailed Microsoft with one of my many aliases and got a fix after about 4 days of micky mousing around...

This fix can be found via their helpdesk as 834489 . I've taken the liberty to making a regedit entry for you all...

Please insert the following data in a notepad document entitled access.reg:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

; Re-Enable the functionality of http://user:[email protected]/ in IE.
; Please note that Microsoft calls it a patch that the function not work
; Please see the Microsoft Security Update here:
; And remember kids, don't give Microsoft your windows key or any identifiable information
; when you talk to their web support... They don't need it for support ...
; Gizmo A. Lay (Marcus Duell)


[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main\FeatureControl\FEATURE_HTTP_USERNAME_PASSWORD_DISABLE]
Now save the file and execute it. Enjoy being able to authenticate yourself in HTTP(s) url's...
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