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disabling password protection

by gooduser1 / January 13, 2009 7:54 PM PST

hello,
when I turn on my pc (running xp), I get a password popup, and upon completing the information, startup is resumed.

it's always me using the pc. how can I disable this password protection so that when I turn the pc on, it'll take me directly to my desktop w/o any password requests, etc.

(bonus - and how do I get it to start outlook automatically)

thanks!
gooduser

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Re: passwords
by Kees Bakker / January 13, 2009 7:58 PM PST

There can be 2 passwords involved:
1 = BIOS password, comes immediately
2 = Windows password, asked on the Windows logon screen
Not sure from your post which one it is. So please tell.

To start Outlook automatically, put a shortcut to it in the startup group of your start menu: Start>All programs>Startup. That's basic use of Windows XP.

Kees

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disabling windows logon
by gooduser1 / January 13, 2009 9:15 PM PST
In reply to: Re: passwords

yeah, it's the windows logon.

(thanks re: outlook. I thought that's how to do it, but once I was asking on the forum, I just let loose, you know? Wink )

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is there a cleaner way to do it?
by gooduser1 / January 13, 2009 11:23 PM PST

I do appreciate that, and I'll keep the links, but - Kees, did you have a cleaner way - ie from the o.s. itself?

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Regedit is supplied with this OS.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 13, 2009 11:30 PM PST

Since regedit comes with the OS, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315231 qualifies as acceptable to "from the o.s. itself".

Maybe you wanted a control panel method but not all settings are available in those. That's why Microsoft supplied other tools from the o.s. itself.
Bob

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thank you
by gooduser1 / January 13, 2009 11:45 PM PST

ok, thanks to all.
I am going to try this.

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That's why I suggested TweakUI
by Slikkster / January 13, 2009 11:59 PM PST
In reply to: thank you

TweakUI gives you an easy way to do the autologon without having to edit the registry, yourself. Plus, it's a Microsoft application. That's the safest way I know of.

Additionally, TweakUI saves the password in encrypted form, whereas if you edit the registry, the password is in plain text. I'd go with TweakUI. Here's a screenshot of the specific section of TweakUI regarding Autologon:

http://lifehacker.com/photogallery/tweakui/2831722

Here's the main page on how to use the tool:

http://lifehacker.com/software/screenshot-tour/customize-windows-xp-with-tweakui-309787.php

I provided the TweakUI download link in the previous post.

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thanks again
by gooduser1 / January 14, 2009 12:43 AM PST

ok, thanks. I'll have to download tweakUI.
best.

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