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disable logon--go directly to desktop

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I'd like to go directly to my desktop when I boot up and bypass the user screen.  I understand the security implications.  thanks.
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by:LeeTutor
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The first thing to try is this:  removing the check mark next to Use the Welcome Screen in Control Panel -> User Accounts -> Change the way Users logon or off.  If that doesn't do it, see this MSKB article:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315231
How to Enable Automatic Logon in Windows

You can also:  go to Start -> in the Run dialog box off the Start Menu -> type CONTROL USERPASSWORDS2 and click OK -> Select the account you want to use and remove the check from the "Users must enter a password" checkbox.

And, if you have only one user on the machine with no password, are not on a domain, then you can follow this article:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;282866
HOW TO: Automatically Log On a User Account in Windows XP
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Use Autologon from Microsoft Sysinternals - this allows you to enable and disable autologon http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963905.aspx
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by:KCTS
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AutoLogon is much simpler, install it, run it, enter username/password, job done
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thanks very much.  
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