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    removing bootup password

    I have been given a windows 7 netbook which needs a password to open (which I have) - as I shall be the only one using the device I want to remove the need for a password so it opens straight away. I have found various options for passwords, including "remove" - if I select that will it do the trick or do I land myself in trouble.

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    Mike,

    You should accomplish this in User Accounts. Just change the password to nothing (not blanks, type nothing in the new password & confirmation boxes). If you want some security you could create a new Admin level account before deleting the password then if you get into trouble you can use this account to fix things. Once things are running ok just delete the new Admin account. HTH

    Update: here are some other methods.
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    If you plan to add the the computer to a network and share files or printers, I suggest you do not remove the password. Use something like SysInternals AutoLogon, which will log to the single account automatically, after boot.
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    Thanks for your replies - I can now act with confidence that I shall not make the computer inaccessible.

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    Mike,

    I agree with the suggestion NOT to go without a password; it's also necessary for various Windows Scheduler tasks. Just change the password to whatever yiu like (It MAY be nedessary to re-enter it if logging off & on in the future), and use the Autologon, above.

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    FWIW, I use Autologon for when I'm home using my desktop. If I'm going to be away from my desktop for the day, I use the "disable" setting. That way I have convenience when I'm actively using my system; and one more level of security when I'm away. THat's one argument, I guess, for keeping a logon password, and also being able to toggle it on and off.
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    For or desktop, that should be fine. Just don't rely on a windows password when you travel with a laptop. Its trivial to reset.

    Jerry

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