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changing default logon WIN 2000

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by baldric, Oct 21, 2003.

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  1. baldric

    baldric Thread Starter

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    I want to restore the defulat logon name when my computer starts. It used to always boot up with "administrator" in the name box (me) but after connecting to my home computer it now starts up with another user name - "tom"(the name of my home computer). How can I change the default name to administrator so I don't have to erase 'tom" and retype "administrator" every time I boot up?

    Thanks very much for any help offered!
     
  2. mobo

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    Control panel / user accounts / select the account then change the name.
     
  3. baldric

    baldric Thread Starter

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    Thanks very much for the reply. Unfortunately there is no "user accounts" option in my control panel - there is a "user and passwords" option with administrator and guest listed under user name but I can't figure out how that can help-I am not very knowledgeable. Anymore suggestions would be appreciated but thanks for the tip already provided
     
  4. Squashman

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    By default, Windows 2000 remembers the last user logged onto the machine unless there is a policy in affect clearing the last user logged on but I didn't think that it did it for the administrator account.

    I personally would not run as administrator all the time. Go into users and passwords and create another username and make that user a Standard user (power user) or another administrator.
     
  5. pileyrei

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    I'm not sure you can do this? You can have it that the logon box is empty when starting up. Does that help? If so try this:

    Click start>programs>admin Tools. If admin tools are not shown you will have to install them from the windows 2000 server disk.The package to install is called adminpak.msi. Also look for admin tools in the control panel.

    Under the admin tools choose local security settings. Expand local policies and click security options. Find " do not display last user name in logon screen. Dbl click. Changed to "enabled".


    Close all windows down.

    Hope this is useful.

    Regards

    Pileyrei
     
  6. Squashman

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    Start > run > gpedit.msc or secpol.msc
     
  7. GeekGawd

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    Little confused, do you connect to another computer or is this the same PC you talking about?

    ~Gg~
     
  8. mobo

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    Try the users and paswords route then advanced tab and advanced tab again. Right click on the user in question and change the name..
     
  9. baldric

    baldric Thread Starter

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    Thanks very much to mobo, LwdSquashman, pileyrei and Geek Gawd for their helpful replies.

    I've restored my original user name prompt by using a suggestion from LwdSquashman: go to admin tools- local security settings -local policies - security options - "do not display last user name in log-on screen. Dbl click. Changed to "enabled". Then I rebooted and logged on with the user name I wanted and went back to the same option and changed "do not display last user name in log-on screen" back to disabled.

    Woo hoo! Back to 'normal'.
     
  10. mobo

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    Excellent, you're all set then.
     
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