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Single user XP setup

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by petef, Jan 3, 2004.

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  1. petef

    petef Thread Starter

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    I have XP, and am the only user of my computer. When I boot up, I get a prompt with my user name that I must click on before the machine finishes booting. Is there a way to avoid this?

    Thanks.
     
  2. RT

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    Just a stab at it, try Start>Settings>Control Panel>User Accounts
    and customize or edit as needed, disable the Guest Account
     
  3. Bob Cerelli

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    If you are the only person using the computer and what to have it automatically log you on,

    Start / Run / "control userpasswords2" - no quotes
    Uncheck User must enter a user name and password to use this computer
     
  4. snappy_31

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    In XP go start, Control Panel, Users, Change the way to log on, put a check mark in the use the welcome screen
    Hope this helps
    Peter
     
  5. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

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    This one really baffles me. I am the only user on my XP workstation and I have that box checked and it still logs me in automatically and I have no password set. I have the guest account disabled. I can set a password and it will then prompt me but as soon as I remove the password it will log me in automatically. Strange how things work differently sometimes.
     
  6. Bob Cerelli

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    It sounds like this is just what he wants to avoid and automatically log on.

    Changing to the welcome screen will just show his name that he will have to click on.
     
  7. Bob Cerelli

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    Another possiblity is to download a program called TWEAKUI from Microsoft.

    The one for XP is at:
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/downloads/powertoys.asp

    They you can go to the login tab and configure it there as well for an account and password.

    This might also explain the previous post's confusion. If this is configured but the password is wrong or changed, you will get prompted again.
     
  8. Squashman

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    I have that box checked and I still login automatically. As far as I know, as long as it is the only account on the system and there is no password set, it should login automatically. A few other people I know have there systems setup like that (with the box checked) and it still logs in automatically.

    Just seems quirky to me.
     
  9. Bob Cerelli

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    If you are the only user, and have no password, that is no guarantee you not be prompted for a password. This would be a terrible default security issue.

    For example, if the only account were the admin account, with no password, the default setting of XP would still require you to log on.

    This can be changed in several ways which are noted in previous posts. There is also a registry edit that can be made but TweakUI is an easier way to do it.
     
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