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    administrator woes (XP2sp2)

    New User: Loaded XP with a non suitable display driver.
    The result being I had no welcome screen.
    I was on as administrator, and wanted to use a limited user acct for safety.
    I could not open one unless I created an administrator account
    which I did.
    Now I have no welcome screen and two administrator accounts, what a mess.
    I'd do a fresh install but have <all> my utilities loaded and would prefer
    to fix if I can
    Can I look forward to good or bad news??
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    Re: administrator woes (XP2sp2)

    Can you be a bit more clear on what you mean by "no welcome screen".
    What do you see when Windows startup finishes?

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    Re: administrator woes (XP2sp2)

    G'day StuartR
    When booting to XP one is supposed to arrive at
    a choice, in my case Administrator A, administrator3B or limited user C.
    It just boots to the desktop of what I presume to be admin A

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    Re: administrator woes (XP2sp2)

    Is this XP Pro or Home? Do you log into a network or domain?

    You can change the way you startup/login from the Control Panel > User Accounts, but it varies depending your answers to the above.

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    Re: administrator woes (XP2sp2)

    In addition to Leif's reply, the free TweakUI XP utility from Microsoft (Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP) lets you specify whether a user logs on automatically - see screenshot below.
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    Re: administrator woes (XP2sp2)

    Also, what do you mean by "non suitable display driver"?
    And why did you load this?
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    Re: administrator woes (XP2sp2)

    Thanks Leif,Hans and Viking.
    XPproSP2. I had it on another machine, and took it off
    and installed my more favoured 98se.
    I bought an old P4 at auction, and decided to load XP
    to try and familiarise myself whilst still using 98se.
    The boot just loads (logs on?) just as a user straight to desktop.
    Someone on the XP NG suggested this type of thing occurs
    when loading without a suitable display driver.

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    Re: administrator woes (XP2sp2)

    Go to Start>Control Panel>User Accounts>Change the way users log on and off and put the check in the Use The Welcome Screen option. That should give you the welcome screen when you reboot. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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    Re: administrator woes (XP2sp2)

    Thanks Doc,
    your solution does not work, still boots to an administrator desktop.
    I have not tried the tweak Ui solution as yet.

    A couple of subsidiary queries if I may
    how do I change my paswword here?
    In XP the desktop shows a grey smudge down the RHS of screen,
    how to remove?
    Thanks again.
    Rod.

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    Re: administrator woes (XP2sp2)

    Please define "administrator desktop". If you can get a screenshot of the desktop that it boots to that would be most helpful.

    The "grey smudge" is unusual and may indicate that your graphics card has a problem or drivers may be corrupt or outdated. Again, a screenshot would help.

    I'll address the password issue once I can see what you mean by "administrator desktop". Until I do, I would just be speculating since the straight forward fix for the problem I suspected you had didn't work.
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    Re: administrator woes (XP2sp2)

    Here is a link to my desktop at boot
    http://cjoint.com/data/mjibtZQEPb.htm

    do you want an image of the folder hiearchy of accounts
    they seem strange to me.

    Also another strange thing, my desktop capture by "snagit"
    fails to show the "gadgets"
    On boot it shows the clock face and the blackened smudge on rhs
    this is not so on the capture.
    Thanks for your ongoing assistance.
    Rod.

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    Re: administrator woes (XP2sp2)

    Here is a screenshot of the folders.
    I originally had boot to "administrators documents"
    I wanted a limited user account, I was disallowed so opened another "administrator account"
    hence the AAAA profile
    the limited user account is BBBB
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    Re: administrator woes (XP2sp2)

    Given the way you use the term boot to I'm having trouble understanding what you are saying about the different accounts.

    If you are saying that when you do a cold boot (starting the computer from a completely off state) you end the boot process at the desktop, as your linked screenshot indicates, and not the Welcome screen where you are given a choice of Users to log in as, (in your particular case, AAA, BBB or Administrator if the show administrator account on welcome screen option has been selected) and you followed the instructions I posted to start at the Welcome screen, then something is not right with the installation or we are not communicating. Can you explain what you meant when you said that my instructions "didn't work" ??? What did happen ???
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    Re: administrator woes (XP2sp2)

    Yes, when I do a cold boot, I end up with the screen as I posted.
    Your solution did nothing, i followed your orders, and did a cold boot
    and the same screen appeared.
    I tried doug knox's utility fix with the same results.
    I realise it was a problem with installation, as I was told this has occured before
    when display drivers are incorrect.
    I was just seeking a possible fix.
    I cannot even delete one of the two "admistrator accounts"

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    Re: administrator woes (XP2sp2)

    Try looking at TweakUI as suggested by Hans in <post:=681,266>post 681,266</post:>

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