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  1. New Lounger
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    Boot directly to desktop? (Win XP SP2)

    I have just set up a new pc with winxp pro sp2 and I would like to boot directly to my desktop not the welcome screen where I have to click on my name. I am the only use and no one else has access so security isn't an issue. I have two other pcs and one laptop all running win xp sp2 and they all boot directly to the desktop but I just don't know where to adjust the setting. thanks for your help.

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    Re: Boot directly to desktop? (Win XP SP2)

    If you have ONLY one user account and no password for that account, then the system should boot to the desktop.
    But if you have more than one user account with or with passwords, you can use "Tweak UI" to Auto logon.
    You can get Tweak UI at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/downloa...ppowertoys.mspx
    After it is installed, open it "Start, All Programs, Powertoys for Windows XP, TweakUI".
    Then select "Login", Auto logon, Type in the account name, then add password (if the account has one).

    OK out, and reboot.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Boot directly to desktop? (Win XP SP2)

    As Dave said, if you only have one account with no password, beside built-in Administrator & Guest, Windows will log on to that account directly (could be the case on your other PC's).

    Windows has another application, than User Accounts in Control Panel (CP), that can set this. This is an application that PC's connected to a domain will run when you click User Accounts in CP (but domain users can't auto log on, the application has other uses as well), but for other PC's you have to run it.

    -Click Start > Run...
    -Type "control userpasswords2" (without quotes) and press Enter
    -On the Users tab clear first check box: "Users Must Enter A User Name And Password To Use This Computer" and click OK
    -In the Automatically Log On dialog type the user name and password for the account you wish to auto log on.
    -OK out

    One can also use the Tweak UI Powertoy from MS, that Dave mentioned to set an account for automatic log on. Just to add to his post, after you've selected Logon > Autologon; Check the box "Log on automatically at system startup", then type account name & ev. PW, and OK out.

    If and when you have set your system to auto log on, you can bypass it temporarily by holding down left Shift key at system boot.

    Also, I did a little search in the Lounge: you can look at the first posts in this thread starting at <post:=646,759>post 646,759</post:>, if you like.

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    Re: Boot directly to desktop? (Win XP SP2)

    Dave, thank you, I meant to get back to you sooner. I downloaded TweakUI and followed your directions and it worked perfectly.

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    Re: Boot directly to desktop? (Win XP SP2)

    Service with a <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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