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Thursday, July 15, 2004

A new XP gem 

I ran across this little gem today and thought I'd share it with everyone.
As long as your computer is not a domain member, you don't have to limit the number of user accounts, and you don't need TweakUI to get Windows to skip the welcome screen or prompt the user to logon.

At a command prompt, enter control userpasswords2. This will launch the User Accounts application. On the Users tab, clear the check box for "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" and click OK. (If your computer is part of a domain, this box does not appear). The Automatically Log On dialog box appears. Type your user name and password, and click OK
If you didn't know to look for it, you'd never find this handy dialog, which is available in both XP Professional and XP Home. And it's effective—two readers who found TweakUI didn't work for them were able to bypass the welcome screen using this technique. This dialog also lets you define a particular account as a Standard user, a status in between the Limited user and Administrator user categories available in the Control Panel's normal User Accounts applet.

Posted at 7/15/2004 11:37:00 PM |
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