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    Log-in problem - no user (Win XP Home)

    I could kick myself!! Please line up and kick me, ok? <img src=/S/bwaaah.gif border=0 alt=bwaaah width=123 height=15> <img src=/S/stupidme.gif border=0 alt=stupidme width=30 height=30> I just finished installing some programs to a brand new Dell computer for my sister. As a final step, I installed TweakUI for XP so I could get rid of the login for the Welcome screen. She doesn't need that and it's annoying. I went into Tweak and set something or other which I THOUGHT would disable the Welcome screen but nnnnoooooo <img src=/S/groan.gif border=0 alt=groan width=16 height=15>. When I reboot the computer the Welcome screen shows but there is no user name to click. <img src=/S/bash.gif border=0 alt=bash width=35 height=39>

    I tried randomly hitting function keys to find some hidden method but nothing so far. There's gotta be some trick to get into the system w/o the user name appearing on the Welcome screen, right? I don't want to spend 4 hours reinstalling the OS, drivers, etc as I was hoping to ship this PC to her tonight.

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    Re: Log-in problem - no user (Win XP Home)

    WHEW! I solved my own problem <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> My own PC has Win2k and I've never used Win XP so didn't know about the restore points. I booted to safe mode and went to control panel and stumbled on this feature. I selected a recent date/time and it worked just fine. <img src=/S/bananas.gif border=0 alt=bananas width=33 height=35>

    Lesson learned!

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    Re: Log-in problem - no user (Win XP Home)

    If there is is ONLY one account on the machine then it will "Auto login" and not see the "Welcome Screen". Or if you have several accounts but you have hidden all but one using TewakUI, it will also be auto login.

    But you can turn off the "Welcome Screen" from the Control panel which will display the "NT log in screen".

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

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    Re: Log-in problem - no user (Win XP Home)

    Your comments are quite interesting, but in my messed up case, the Welcome screen didn't show any users at all; therefore, I couldn't log in. After I went into Safe Mode I saw that I only had an admin account, no guest or anyone else and no admin password. In TweakUI I was trying to skip both the Welcome screen and the login for the one account I had (my sister with admin rights and no password). So even though I did have one user it still didn't auto-login as you suggested.

    Fortunately XP had made its own restore point before I got carried away with TweakUI so I was lucky. I just had to reinstall Office XP and its updates and all was back to normal. I've been using Win2k for at least 7 years so am clueless on XP. I'll be more careful with these tweaks in the future and leave well enough alone. <img src=/S/bouncenburn.gif border=0 alt=bouncenburn width=31 height=31>

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    Re: Log-in problem - no user (Win XP Home)

    <center>
    <hr>I've been using <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold">Win2k</span hi> for at least <span style="background-color: #FFFF00; color: #000000; font-weight: bold">7 </span hi> years<hr>
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    Really......?????? An interesting trick, even for a software engineer. I'm guessing that's a typo, given the late hour of the post, and that you really meant 3 years. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Log-in problem - no user (Win XP Home)

    Perhaps Deb bought an early version in Malaysia in 1996, for $1.58, just like you can buy the successor to XP today, three years before its official release - see <!post=Foghorn update,318411>Foghorn update<!/post>.

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    Re: Log-in problem - no user (Win XP Home)

    I don't even remember where I learned this, but in case it ever happens again - if you hit CTRL-ALT-DEL twice on the Welcome Screen, it will change to the NT style login screen. Don't know if it will work if you did whatever to disable the display of users. And a big BUT is that it assumes you KNOW the user name and password to enter into the standard screen.....

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    Re: Log-in problem - no user (Win XP Home)

    Are there any activation code issues with those copies ???
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    Re: Log-in problem - no user (Win XP Home)

    I suppose not, in a pre-alpha test version. But I haven't tried to install my copy yet <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Log-in problem - no user (Win XP Home)

    Sounds like the user account was Deleted and that is why there was no names on the welcome screen.

    With the Home version, the only account that will work in the safe mode is the "Admin" account, ang by default MS does NOT add a password or ask for one like the installer did when Win 2K and XP Pro are installed.

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

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    Re: Log-in problem - no user (Win XP Home)

    The PDC build 4051, of which these are copies, has a 60 day activation and a 360 day eval. So as a working OS, worth about (ummm) $1.58.......

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    Re: Log-in problem - no user (Win XP Home)

    Working....yes. Usable? Um...
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    Re: Log-in problem - no user (Win XP Home)

    Yeh, that's it!! <img src=/S/woops.gif border=0 alt=woops width=58 height=36> My days working as a programmer in Malaysia, aahh, fond memories <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15> Ok, ok, you got me! I was thinking about it again and forgot about using Win NT for many years prior to Win 2k. Aren't they the same? <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15> Does that count? Am I forgiven? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    As to the Ctrl+Alt+Del sequence, I did try that but not twice fast in succession. I was banging on other keys hoping to stumble on a secret entrance. I did know the user name (admin priv, no password assigned).

    So I just packed up the computer (and stopped trying to "improve" it to the point that I kill it) and will send it off to my sister Monday.

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    Re: Log-in problem - no user (Win XP Home)

    Why 3 years? I've been using it for ~5 years - and that was only since Beta 2?
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    Re: Log-in problem - no user (Win XP Home)

    The evaluation period for Longhorn 4051 is 180 days.

    Where does Working stop and Usable start? I'd definitely choose it over Win 9x as it stands, but then my copy came from Redmond - and not via Malaysia.
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