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Create Shortcut to Automatically Login to XP

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January 21, 2008 2:58:05 PM

I know you can type in "control userpasswords2", no quites, in Run to set the computer to automatically Login. Is ther a way to create a Short Cut to get to this? Thanks
January 22, 2008 1:59:32 AM

Im not positive that I know what you mean but if I am correct and you are the only user and dont have a LAN turning of Client for MSoft networks should give you a start up with no interaction.
January 22, 2008 10:09:12 AM

Most of the time I want a login but there are occasions, e.g., some updates that require restarts, when it's nice to just have the machine just boot into Windows without having to login. The - control userpasswords2 - is easy enough to type in, it's just that I don't do it often enough that I remember this and a shortcut to this would make like easier. In Windows 2000 you can do this through User in the Control Panel but this isn't an option in XP
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January 22, 2008 11:36:15 AM

I dont have a login so I cant test this but Im thinking possibly a small bat file with a timer built in might do it. Make it auto run and set it where you type something like L when you want to log in or else it will time out and just proceed to windows after a certain amonut of time.
Its not elegant but it should work. If not see below for a couple of other things I found that could help.

http://www.petri.co.il/configuring_autologon.htm

http://www.petri.co.il/add_the_administrator's_account_to_the_welcome_screen_in_xp_pro.htm
January 22, 2008 3:15:52 PM

pat mcgroin said:
I dont have a login so I cant test this but Im thinking possibly a small bat file with a timer built in might do it. Make it auto run and set it where you type something like L when you want to log in or else it will time out and just proceed to windows after a certain amonut of time.
Its not elegant but it should work. If not see below for a couple of other things I found that could help.

http://www.petri.co.il/configuring_autologon.htm

http://www.petri.co.il/add_the_administrator's_account_to_the_welcome_screen_in_xp_pro.htm


Thanks. Up until a few months ago had a kid living with me so logon was important to keep her off my machine, now that I'm childless :bounce:  I guess it's really not a problem. Just another one of those nice features Microsoft insists on getting rid of every time they come out with a new OS. Why I'm staying away from Vista
January 22, 2008 7:34:48 PM

Oddly I had exactly the same troubles. Kids, Nag, my system being shredded (teen agers) and so on.
Turning off Client for MSoft networks will kill the login.
All I have under networks is TCP/IP
QoS is off also as I have no home network.
Life sure is easier now.
Welcome back to sanity
Im guessing Vista has the same option but I dont know.
I have a copy but I dont think this computer will deal with it and I dont need the trouble. Tax time may bring a new setup.
January 23, 2008 2:22:45 AM

Turned off Client for MSoft but no luck. Thanks
January 23, 2008 9:27:46 AM

How many users do you have under user accounts in control panel?
January 23, 2008 10:52:30 AM

pat mcgroin said:
How many users do you have under user accounts in control panel?


One
January 23, 2008 10:50:25 PM

That is odd. I only have me with the guest acct turned off and I just power on and have no login. Ill do some more checking but Im having a little trouble of my own and I have a feeling I may crash soon if I dont get it sorted out.
January 23, 2008 11:31:12 PM

Appreciate your help. Good luck with your system, hope it's not a major pain in the
January 25, 2008 11:46:09 PM

ok I seem to have sorted me out. what a pain.
I tried upgrading to ZA suite (with A/V and spyware). As it turns out they use a load balanceing scheme to where they send everything to a site to do the work and then you can get to where you wanted to go.
What a piece of crap.
Now Im back to avast and spybot (active) and I just flash to sites. Talk about psssn me off.
Ill try to help you now
January 26, 2008 12:33:36 AM

Used that a while back and now just use the free version
January 26, 2008 5:19:46 PM

I would think that you will have to get into the registry to see exactly what key that changes and then a bat file should be able to control it.
Im still a little lost on why there are times when you would want a log in if you are the only one using the machine.
Do you want the shortcut on the desktop to use for the next boot only or to use always before start?
January 26, 2008 8:54:02 PM

pat mcgroin said:
here is a site with lots of reading but close to 2/3 of the way down it talks of automated logon
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb457114.asp...


Thanks, the Microsoft page was where I found the control userpasswords2. What prompted this was I wanted to run nTunes to see what it would do, it mostly froze up and the machine had to manually restarted. Anyway it frequently has to reboot and I didn't want to have to keep logging in. The reason I wanted a shortcut is that I had used Windows 2000 for years and you could do this under Users in the Control Panel and whenever possible if there is a feature I like, I like to have it easily available. This is not something I'd use very often, maybe a couple 3 times a year. So why am I wasting so much time on it? I get hooked on a problem and want to solve it, my insanity but it doesn't hurt anyone and it's mine. :)  Also it's my attempt at subverting Microsoft. They eliminate or screw up a feature that was in a previous version and I'm trying to take back control of my life from Microsoft. Finally, I think would be cool to learn how to create shortcuts for certain run commands. While learning Lenux would let me do this to my hearts content, I only really want to do it for stupid little things like this. After, writing this I'm getting the feeling I'm probably wasting peoples time on something this stupid and if so, I appologize
January 27, 2008 12:54:41 AM

No need to apologize. The majority of what I know about computers comes from about 20 years of not taking no for a answer. Some sort of a character defect of my own I suppose. I once had a Commodore vic 20 and typed in basic programing for about 30 - 45 mins. just to play a game as I didnt have a tape drive. My wife thought I was a moron. Well shes gone and look at where I am.
Im sitting here looking for a free drive image prog for my parents win98 box that they dont want to change. Its all updated, even runnig IE6 but I need to catch it before it blows.
Im still looking for ya though. There is a answer Im sure.

Here a different way to do it http://www.pctools.com/guides/registry/detail/947/
here is a few more http://www.pctools.com/guides/registry/id/47/
January 27, 2008 1:15:26 PM

Always good to know someone else shares your insanity, helps you keep going. :)  Thanks for the links
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