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    Password Pain

    I have recently installed ME and on boot up I am requested to provide a password. On pressing cancel, boot up completes. How can I prevent this message from appearing.

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    Re: Password Pain

    Whatcha mean by "on boot up," Rob? Are you talking about before or during POST (which would indicate a BIOS password) or when the WinME graphical user interface (GUI) starts to load, i.e. Windows logon?

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    Re: Password Pain

    Hi Rob

    I've been been using ME on two computers for a year now and have never been asked for a password on Startup....must have been the way ME was installed.
    I don't know if this will help, but it is the way my Passwords Properties is setup......
    If you go to Control Panel ..Passwords, click on Change Passwords then Change Windows Password you can ensure that no passwords are set.
    Then click on User Profiles and select All users of this computer.....etc..
    I hope this helps......

    Have a Great day!!!
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    Re: Password Pain

    Hey Ken, when you boot your WinME machine you DO get the Windows logon screen, don't you? And if you do and don't use a password, I assume you just press ENTER and let Windows finish loading, don't you? While waiting for Rob to come back in the morning, I was trying to remember how one eliminates the Windows logon screen completely. I know that can be done although I'm not sure it's a desirable thing to do. There are times when the system needs to know your "username" even if you don't use a password to logon. I also know that one can install TweakUI 1.33 and have it "autologon" for you if you want.

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    Re: Password Pain

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    After my recent format I ran into this problem. I just started to type the instructions but got tired (too many beers). Go to How to Prevent a Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me Logon Prompt at Startup.

    Woody's told of a cool web site that has a great ms knowledge base search engine. Better than Microsoft's. Finds stuff ms can't. http://www.freeanswers.com That's how I found the article about stopping the password dialog box.

    Marc

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    Re: Password Pain

    Thanks all for your help. Sorry about the poor terminology. I meant the Windows logon prompt and thanks to you, I can now get it sorted.

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    Re: Password Pain

    Good morning, Rob (USA time!) I guess the only point I wanted to make is that I wouldn't eliminate the logon prompt if it were me. Take out the password for sure if you don't need it. Use TweakUI 1.33 (the non-XP version) which you can download here if you need it. TweakUI has a tab for automatic logon. But above all, don't hit cancel at the logon prompt.

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    Re: Password Pain

    Hi Al

    There have been a few posts since your question so I'm not sure if my answer is pertinent anymore but......
    I turn on the computer, go get my refreshment, and when I return to the computer Windows is loaded and I'm ready to "Lounge"....or whatever... <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
    Yes, the normal system and Windows startup splash screens make their appearance...
    No, there is no logon screen/request...no user input is asked for....never has been on either of my ME computers since I bought them new.

    My understanding is that if only one person uses the computer, or all users use the same desktop and program setups (colors, icons, themes, toolbars, prefs, etc.), then no username or user differentiation is required.
    I believe that if you go to Control Panel and run the Users program to display the User Settings dialog box, you can delete any or all of the "Users".

    Have a Great day!!!
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    Re: Password Pain

    Hi again Al

    I should've checked the links in Marc's post above... <img src=/S/doh.gif border=0 alt=doh width=15 height=15> ....There are detailed instructions on how to remove the "Logon" requests.

    Have a Great day!!!
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    Re: Password Pain

    Since early Windows 98 and 95 may have had it but I can not remember, but when a system was first set up, Windows Asked for a "User Name" and "password". If the person setting up the system used the "Enter Key" as the password one was never asked to log in again. This is all based on the "Profiles" that the 9x OS's use. With out these accounts one's 'Auto Complete' in Internet Explorer would not work and other settings in Outlook Express. This is referred to as the "Windows Log in" and has been around for a long time.

    These accounts can be deleted using the 'Accounts" in the control panel or just by finding the "PWL" files. Each account will have a file named "UserAccount.pwl" and should be found in the Windows folder.

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

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    Re: Password Pain

    Good Evening Al - UK time.Too late I'm afraid. I installed ME last Saturday and, after the usual number of restarts to update configuration files, the OS began to load properly for the first time. This is when the first prompt appeared which is contrary to the experience of this thread's contributors. On this occasion, and all subsequent times, I have hit the cancel button because it seemed the thing to do.
    Anyway, I'll live with it or without it as the mood seems fit.

    Cheers

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    Re: Password Pain

    Thanks Ken and Dave,
    I'll sort it out when the mood strikes.

    Cheers

    Rob
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