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    I need help on how to get rid of the annoying "Welcome" screen that starts
    the computer. This is a one person computer in a home with no networks,
    no multiple passworded users, or any of the stuff that requires more than
    one person to click on anything. It's just another of Microsoft's annoying little
    goodies I don't have time for.

    If I knew how to read the msconfig codes, I could probably get it done, but
    I can't read those abbreviations. I know it's probably very simple, so I
    would appreciate some guidance. Thanks for past help.

    I'm also trying to get the "follow this post" goodie to work, but I'm doing
    something wrong?? I'll try to check in and answer any questions more
    often than in the past. Again, thanks

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    Try one of these...

    How to Disable/Enable the Windows XP Welcome Screen

    If you dont want to use "Fast User Switching", you may want to disable the Welcome Screen. You must be logged in as an Administrator to do this. Note:To do this follow the directions below:
    1) Click on Start
    2) Click on Control Panel
    3) Double-click on User Accounts
    4) Click on "Change the way users log on or off"
    5) Uncheck "Use the Welcome Screen" (note: this will also disable "Fast User Switching")
    6) Click on Apply Options
    7) Close the User Accounts window and the Control Panel
    8) The next time you reboot your computer, the classic login prompt will be used
    To Login automatically to a user account, follow the instructions below:
    1) Click on Run
    2) Type in the following command and click OK
    control userpasswords2
    3) Highlight the user you want to log into automatically, then uncheck the box for
    "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer"
    4) Click on Apply and you'll be asked to verify the username and password to log in automatically
    5) Click OK and the next time you restart your computer, you'll automatically be logged in without having the classic prompt or Welcome Screen.
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    Try msconfig.exe (Start, Run) In the boot tab there should be a check box to enable/disable the boot GUI (check for No Boot GUI) and another entry box with the timeout. The default is 30 sec (are they kidding) I set my to 3 sec.
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    Since you are on a XP machine have a go at using "Tweak UI", a PowerToy from Microsoft.

    Once Tweak UI is open, click on Logon, and then Autologon.
    Then you will need to select the account and then enter the password.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Myers View Post
    Try msconfig.exe (Start, Run) In the boot tab there should be a check box to enable/disable the boot GUI (check for No Boot GUI) and another entry box with the timeout. The default is 30 sec (are they kidding) I set my to 3 sec.
    The Msconfig option for the boot GUI is not the same as the Welcome screen. The No Boot GUI option is for the Windows logo and blue dots that are present while the hardware is enumerated and the boot process is started. The Welcome screen is where you select the user to logon.


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