Initializing the contents of a password textfield in ASP.NET 2.0

How do I initialize the contents of a password textfield in ASP.NET 2.0?

Simple anwser
You can’t! This doesn’t work (apparently this is for security reasons, although the exact motivation escapes me):

txtPassword.Text = "this sucks";

Better answer
Create an event handler for the TextBox’s PreRender event:

protected void txtPassword_PreRender(object sender, EventArgs e)
    TextBox txt = (TextBox)sender;
    txt.Attributes["value"] = txt.Text;

Voilá! Now you can assign to the Text property as in the first example.

(Credits for this tip to David Silverlight.)

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