I'm trying to get my Dad's XP Pro pc to ask for a password but no matter what I try it won't ask for one. I tried making a new account, setting up a password for it and the pc just goes straight into windows. One strange thing is that the built in administrator account always shows up among the user accounts; as far as I know it should show up only in safe mode or when no other account has been created. Of course I can't delete it and now I can't delete the one I just created (let's call it Xlodo), just as if I was logged in as Xlodo and in safe mode (but I'm in normal mode). I did find a MS article mentioning the presence of the built in account in normal mode along with another account, it said it was a bug but it didn't say it could prevent the passwords from working; in any case you have to call them for the fix as it's not downloadable. Any ideas are welcome.
set the password and open user account from control panel and change the way of log on and off
open the start menu = select run - type in - CONTROL USERPASSWORDS2 make sure the top option is ticked for 'users must enter..........'