How to log on directly to Desktop and avoid clicking user profile to get in?

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  1. Justitia

    Justitia Notebook Evangelist

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    My laptop has been going through repairs and a new Hard drive. I want to be able to turn on the laptop and go directly to my desktop page without have to click on my profile first. I am the only one using it -- for all intents and purposes I am the administrator. How do I do that? (I use XP SP2)

    Also, I understand that I can speed up the log on process by eliminating or reducing slpash pages, like the Welcome screen.

    I found this little site and I have eliminated the splash pages for a number of applications -- things move so much faster.

    Also -- I know I have to do something to allow scritped windows for IE7 -- but I can't remember -- can anyone help me?
     
  2. coolguy

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    Click start, open run, and then type "control userpasswords2" without the quotes and then enter. You can play around with the settings there.
     
  3. Icewalker

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    To expand a bit on what coolguy said:

    Windows XP - solution 1:

    - Select Run from the Start Menu, type:

    control userpasswords2

    ...and click OK.

    - Turn off the "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" option, and click OK.

    Windows XP - solution 2:

    - If you have one user account and no password configured, Windows XP will log you in automatically. Otherwise, you'll have to do the following:

    Obtain and install the Windows XP version of TweakUI (http://www.annoyances.org/exec/software/xppowertoys)

    - Open TweakUI (it's in Start -> Programs -> Powertoys for Windows XP).
    - Expand the Logon branch, and click Autologon.
    - Turn on the "Log on automatically at system startup" option, type your username and password, and click OK.

    It's from the same site, Annoyances.org.

    Good luck.
     
  4. Gintoki

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    This is kind of unrelated but i suggest you update to XP SP3 as it is out and available now. :)
     
  5. Justitia

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    Thanks everyone!

    I will when I have time. I don't have time to troubleshoot any more problems right now -- and you never know what may happen..
    Edit: It worked perfectly.

    I just noticed I posted this in the Security sub-forum... Mods, I am sorry about this -- second time I made the mistake.
     
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    No problem, moved to the regular Windows forum.
     
  7. jisaac

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    auto login may speed up boot time by reducing the need for user input, however I use minlogon, which is very effective, halves your boot time as well as speeds up overall performance.
     
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