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How do I get my welcome window back again on XP

by pfoley / October 9, 2004 5:43 AM PDT

On my Gateway laptop I have two wireless connections and one dial up connection. Since I installed my dial up connection, I have lost my welcome window, but I am not sure it has anything to do with that, or it happened because of some other setting. I get the message that I have to uninstall Client server for Netware in order for the Welcom window to work on XP, and that Client Server for Netware has disabled the welcome window.
How do I get it back. If I uninstall the Client Server for Netware, will it still show, so that I can re-install it if I so desire in the future? I am afraid to try to uninstall it, in the case that I might be needing it for one of my connections. I do not belong to any network other than my home pc and my wireless laptop.

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Re: How do I get my welcome window back again on XP
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / October 9, 2004 10:16 AM PDT


On most networks, it's usually best to use the regular "log in" prompt at start up, mainly because of security reasons. "Administrator" log in's should remain that way, as should limited users. In my opinion, you should leave it that way.

But if you really want to change, have you tried the steps below. (I'm not sure whether the Netware network will allow this, but it's worth trying.):

How To Turn On The ?Welcome Screen?
Start | click your picture icon at the top.
* Click Home.
* Click Change the way users log on or off.
* In the next screen you'll see the options to turn on/off:
Use the Welcome screen
Use Fast User Switching

* Make your changes.

HOpe this helps.


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Re: How do I get my welcome window back again on XP
by robin_h_p / November 25, 2004 8:49 PM PST


If Grif's suggestion did not work because the screen for changing the values was greyed out, you need to replace ginamsi.dll in the system32 directory.
I have this problem at present and no idea which program caused it, but I did get a message that the dll had been modified, so I am now hoping to get an original ginamsi.dll off one my friends computers as a replacement.


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Re: How do I get my welcome window back again on XP
by robin_h_p / December 4, 2004 3:03 AM PST

To anyone having read my previous submission I humbly apologise! Having searched for an 'original' ginamsi.dll on other computers to no avail, I decided to do a search on internet.
And -lo and behold - I found the answer: ginamsi.dll and the fixation on a classical style welcome and closing screen is caused by installing the MSI Lock Box utility.
If you just remove the dll you're in trouble: there is no way you'll get into Windows XP. Luckily I just renamed the dll to ginamsi.old as a test and could repair that in the safe mode.
The real solution is to uninstall the MSI Lock Box, after which everything is back to normal.


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