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Topic: How do I turn off the windows xp welcome screen?

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    How do I turn off the windows xp welcome screen?

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    Hi there, I am trying to turn off the xp welcome screen so that my new slave machines log straight in when I turn them on.
    Can anyone help me on this please?

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    Jun 2000
    Chandler, Arizona

    Re: How do I turn off the windows xp welcome screen?

    You need to enable autologon in the registry. Here\'s an article from the Microsoft Knowledgebase. This works the same for Windows XP.

    HOW TO: Enable Automatic Logon in Windows
    Applies To
    This article was previously published under Q310584

    Use Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe) to Enable Automatic Logon
    IMPORTANT: This article contains information about modifying the registry. Before you modify the registry, make sure to back it up and make sure that you understand how to restore the registry if a problem occurs. For information about how to back up, restore, and edit the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    256986 Description of the Microsoft Windows Registry

    This article describes how to configure Windows to automate the logon process by storing your password and other pertinent information in the registry database. This feature allows other users to start your computer and use the account you establish to automatically logon.

    IMPORTANT: If you enable autologon, it is more convenient to use Windows; however this feature may pose a security risk. If you set a computer for autologon, anyone who can physically obtain access to the computer can gain access to all of the computer contents, including any network or networks it is connected to. In addition, when autologon is enabled, the password is stored in the registry in plaintext. The specific registry key that stores this value is remotely readable by the Authenticated Users group. This setting is only recommended for cases where the computer is physically secured, and steps have been taken to ensure that untrusted users cannot remotely access the registry.

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    Use Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe) to Enable Automatic Logon
    WARNING: If you use Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that may require you to reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that you can solve problems that result from using Registry Editor incorrectly. Use Registry Editor at your own risk.

    To enable automatically logon, do the following:
    1. Start Regedt32.exe, and then locate the following registry subkey:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows NT\\CurrentVersion\\Winlogon

    2. Using your account name and password, double-click the DefaultUserName entry, type your user name, and then click OK.
    3. Double-click the DefaultPassword entry, type your password, and then click OK.

    NOTE: If the DefaultPassword value does not exist, follow these steps:

    a. Click Add Value on the Edit menu.
    b. In the Value Name box, type DefaultPassword, and then click REG_SZ for the Data Type
    c. Type your password in the String box, and then save your changes.

    - Also, if no DefaultPassword string is specified, Windows automatically changes the value of the AutoAdminLogon key from 1 (true) to 0 (false), which disables the AutoAdminLogon feature.

    4. Click Add Value on the Edit menu, enter AutoAdminLogon in the Value Name box, and then click REG_SZ for the Data Type.
    5. Type 1 in the String box, and then save your changes.
    6. Quit Regedt32.
    7. Click Start, click Shutdown, and then click OK to turn off your computer.
    8. Restart your computer and Windows. You are now able to log on automatically.

    NOTE: To bypass the AutoAdminLogon process, and to log on as a different user, hold down the SHIFT key after you log off or after Windows restarts.

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