...and they are generally used for security issues.. But if you'd like to try and reset it back to the old way, click on Start-Control Panel to open the Control Panel. Once the Control Panel is open, double click on the "User Accounts" icon, then select "Change the way users long on and off". When that opens, place a CHECK mark in the "Welcome Screen" option.. YOu may want to UNCHECK the "Fast User Switching" option unless you like to switch between users quickly. After making the changes be sure to "Apply" those options and restart the computer to see if the changes have taken effect.
In addition, you might want to check the Tax software's settings, there may be an option to reset from within the program.
Hope this helps.
I have Windows XP Home. I just installed a tax program last night. When I went to shut down, the original 3 icons (stand by, shut down and restart), were not there. Instead was a rectangular box with a scroll down menu which contained the same choices. This morning when I went to log on, a user accounts window appears with one icon asking for a password, one has a guest option, and the other is an icon with my name. I clicked on the one with my name and I was logged in. I want to go back to the old way, whereby I turned on the computer and voila, there was my desk top without my having to sign in etc. Also in logging off, I prefer the 3 icons appearing rather than having to scroll to the choice I want. Thanks for your help.