Stop hidden typing while typing passwords

Is there a way to eliminate the XXXXX and actually see what I am typing, while inputing passwords?  When I am at home, alone on the computer it hardly seems necessary, and it can be annoying.
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
no, there is no "simple" way to disable it, unless you replace the login application.
if your computer is in a workgroup, you can configure the autologin, hence don't get the login page at all...
Harisha M GEngineerCommented:
Yes. If you are at home and alone, Automatic Login is the best method...

Go to Start/Run, and type 'control userpasswords2'.
From Users Tab, Uncheck "Users must enter ...."
A dialog will allow setting a user and password to be used automatically.
rindiCommented:
Although this might not be necessary at home, it is still good practice not to autologon. For one thing, if you have to type passwords that's a good training to get security conscious. If you have been using earlier versions of windows all the time which had zero security, this is a good thing.
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edvinsonCommented:
this is what i use...

http://www.snapfiles.com/download/dlasteriskkey.html

it works for me
Harisha M GEngineerCommented:
Just curious.. how do you use that while logging in ?
Rich RumbleSecurity SamuraiCommented:
This is not a function easily turned off, on many things. You'd have to use another GINA on windows to get rid of this on the login screen, and for sites on the web it's not possible as you cannot access their websites source code to change it. You can use Revealer, LSASecrets Dump, Cain&Abel and the link just above... these read the keystrokes in memory, and print them for you to see them.
-rich

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