I am by NO means an expert! This is only my second machine (HP Pavilion:Win98 second edition... My first was a Dell OptiPlex 575:Win95 75mhz/24mb ram/1gb HD... and it made me happy... problems and all... at least I managed to stumble my way through fixing them!)
But this Neighborhood Networking is giving me fits! My idiot instincts aren't helping me. I just got this Used HP Pavilion and used the Recovery disk to restore the entire system (reformatting/full reinstall.)
Without knowing what I was doing, when the Log On annoyed me too much, I removed the Family Log On and the Client For Microsoft Networks from the Neighborhood Networking's Properties Configuration Tab (figuring that if I messed it up, I'd just use the Recovery disk again... Imagine my surprise when I learned that doing this was an expert's suggestion *giggles*)... for the next couple of restarts and start ups there was no Log On dialog box, but after installing Macromedia/flashplayer... it informed me that there was a problem with the Registry, that it would restart and fix the problem... it restored the last saved version of the Registry (not what I'd call fixing it, but I can't do any better) and the Log On was back, and so was the Network desktop icon and the Family Log On and Client For Microsoft Networks under the Properties Configuration tab. I tried removing Fam. and Client. again, but the log on won't stay gone.
I have recently poured over the entire Registry (looking for any traces of an uninstalled program... not that I'd know what to do if I found any traces of it, but I would have info to go on to ask questions) so it is not an entirely alien critter to me.
As per tanjnt's suggestion to BootStrap's Question, I tried to followed the directions reguarding: How To Delete A User Profile On A Stand Alone Computer... but there is NO ProfileList in the Registry at the location given.
(Also in the Control Pannel/Users... it offers to ENABLE Multi-User Settings... suggesting that it isn't enabled already.)
Another recomendation was to use the info: How To Enable System Policies On A Stand Alone Computer. These instructions say I should use the Win Installation disk... this computer's OS is an (?)OEM(?) version and all I have is the Recovery disk... would this disk work? However this page still implies that a log on will be required and that is not what I want (have I missed something on that page?)
As per tanjnt's suggestion I went to: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;Q161809/How
to Create Mandatory Profiles for Windows 95/98 Users a in Windows NT Domain. This site said I would have to create a Home Directory and said for Win95/98 I should go to this site: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;139449
to learn: How to Create Individual Home Directories... but this site is labeled as being for:* Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
* Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.5
* Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.51
* Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 which my computer is not (that I know of.)
All of this verbose post/question/explanation is to show what I have tried and that I have attempted to follow the Help that was given in response to BootStrap's question.
I only have 75 points and if I could afford to spend money on computers I would have bought a new machine not points. If you can help me you deserve more points than I can give you!
In closing... Help! How do I get rid of this ding danged Log On Prompt?
I don't use Neighborhood Networking... never have and do not foresee ever using it... if it would let me dump it... it would have been in the trash long ago... the same with OutLook Express and Internet Explorer!
BTW, despite never having used Neighborhood Networking it provides my name in the User Field on the Log On dialog Box.
Thank you for taking the time to read all of this! you have stamina!