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Eliminate Windows Password on bootup

by davidrosen / September 17, 2005 2:53 AM PDT

I have no reason to pass protect my home computer. I would like to turn the unit on and go directly to my desktop without going through the password screen. I'm sure there is an easy way to do this but I can't seem to get pass the sign-on page.

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A couple of ways
by Steven Haninger / September 17, 2005 3:13 AM PDT

If you are the only defined user and have not selected a password, this is easy. Options are found in the control panel/users function. Another easy way is to make use of the MS (unsupported) utility called TweakUI which, among many other handy tools, allows you to logon with your password automatically. It bypasses the classic or welcome screens.

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be aware of .NET
by linkit / September 17, 2005 3:21 AM PDT

You may have installed "Microsoft .NET Framework" while performing Windows Update. This will require to log into Windows with a password. Remove Microsoft .NET Framework with Add/Remove Programs control panel if you don't need it.

Many people do not need it.

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Besides the other reply
by Steven Haninger / September 18, 2005 9:14 PM PDT

I did receive your e-mail and you mentioned client services for netware. You should be able to just remove this (if not needed) by highlighting and selecting the uninstall button. You will need administrative access to do so. Unless you are on a certain type of network, you don't need this. You did not mention if your version of XP was Pro or Home. With Home, administrative functions are more comprehensive if you are in safe mode. I'm not sure what the fear is with using the TweakUI powertoy. You don't have to reconfigure the whole PC but it offers a few handy tools...one of which is the automatic logon. It's just a matter of entering your username/password and checking a box. It's just like running a script to save a few keystrokes. You can easily uninstall this if it does not work. It's a tool from MS and not a third party.

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Maybe this will work...
by Rob10 / September 18, 2005 11:16 PM PDT

I use Windows ME (yes, I'm the one!) so I don't know if XP will work the same in this regard. The way I eliminate or require a password (I put the password logon back when I go on vacation) is go to Control Panel, Passwords, select Change Password. Enter your old password and leave the New Password box blank. Click OK and you just changed your password to nothing.

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Where is client service for Netware
by davidrosen / September 20, 2005 5:12 AM PDT

Steve,

If I knew where the Netware was installed I would indeed uninstall it. Search found two small files (around 3KB)with this name and I took one of them out of System32. Any ideas on how to unstall it. I'm running Windows XP Professional on Dell P4.

Download.com did not seem to recommend Tweak for Windows XP. In the past I have used Tweak on Windows 98. Some of the comments of those who downloaded it in XP scared me off.

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Since you mentioned that you did have this client installed
by Steven Haninger / September 20, 2005 7:30 AM PDT

you will find it under "Properties" for your local area connection. This will also have other items such as File and Print Sharing, Client for Microsoft Networks and your TCP/IP Internet protocol. You remove any by highlighting and selecting remove. How it got there if you have no need for it is something I cannot say.

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Win XP Pro
by banshdharm / September 19, 2005 3:43 AM PDT

If you are using Win XP Pro go to control panel, user accounts,click on Change an account then click on the account you want to change.If you have a pass word for your user account click on remove my pass word. In the next screen provide your pass word and you are done.

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