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I am setting up some laptops for users. Presently, some of the Dells arrive set up in such a way, that any user account you create is shown upon startup. So if I add the following accounts: Mike, Bill and John, I see a screen that shows the users Mike, Bill and John.

What I require however. is the option for a single user to log in, by typing their username and password. This is done by the user selecting the username field and typing their username, and then entering their password in the password field, followed by the enter key.

Does anyone know how I might change Windows 7 to use logins this way?

I suspect the answer may be found in the registry under HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\
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by:Nik
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So, if I understood you right, you need a classic logon on Windows 7.
If so, this should help you:
http://www.winvistaclub.com/t47.html
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by:senad
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Click Start, type gpedit.msc in the Start Search or Run dialog box and press Enter.

Now navigate to the following location:

Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon

To Disable Fast User Switching:

Set Hide entry points for Fast User Switching to 'Enabled'. By enabling the policy, Administrators can hide the Switch user button in the Logon UI, the Start menu and the Task Manager.
To Enable Fast User Switching:

Set Hide entry points for Fast User Switching to 'Not configured' for enabling Fast User Switching.

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by:Redlands
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Hello,

Neither of these solutions did the trick.

I need a login screen very similar to the one shown here with the novell Icon (This is not the actual image...its froma Vista Machine) The user clicks Computer only logon and it allows any user that has an account on the PC a way to log in.

What I presently have looks like the second image which is wrong.
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by:Redlands
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Hello,

Neither of these solutions did the trick.

I need a login screen very similar to the one shown here with the novell Icon (This is not the actual image...its froma Vista Machine) The user clicks Computer only logon and it allows any user that has an account on the PC a way to log in.

What I presently have looks like the second image which is wrong.
             
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by:Redlands
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Sorry for the above posts...They are both wrong (Is there anyway to delete them??)

Hello,

Neither of these solutions did the trick.

I need a login screen very similar to the one shown here with the novell Icon (This is not the actual image...its froma Vista Machine) The user clicks Computer only logon and it allows any user that has an account on the PC a way to log in.

What I presently have looks like the second image which is wrong.
credprov-2-a.png
credprov-5-a.png
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by:McKnife
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Help says:
"In Windows XP, the Welcome screen could be turned on or off. In this version of Windows, the Welcome Screen can't be turned off. Fast User Switching is turned on by default."
So the only way of having it turned off would be to join a domain.
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by:Redlands
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Not sure that  McKnife is correct as all the other laptops are set up the way we require and they are not part of a domain?
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by:_
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The closest I have got so far, is Start > Run > control userpasswords2 > OK
Go the the Advance tab and check Secure Login > Apply

This stops the boot screen at Press Control- Alt- Delete screen, but then seems to take you right back to the multiple User Icons.   : /

Don't see anything under the User or Securty Policies, or any Properties that look useful, either.

I think you might need to go with a third-party program.
I haven't used it yet, but this might do it.
http://www.yamicsoft.com/windows7manager/index.html
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by:Redlands
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coral47. No...This didn't work either,
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by:McKnife
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...and the other laptops run Win7, too?
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by:crumley
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The classic logon prompt from Windows XP is not available in Windows 7, but that doesn't mean it is no longer possible to require that both a username and a password be entered at logon on a stand-alone computer. To accomplish this, run "secpol.msc" as administrator, navigate to Local Policies > Security Options, double-click on the policy "Interactive logon: Do not display last user name," and enable it. That's it! The Welcome screen will now require both a username and a password, and no user accounts will be displayed on it.

Cheers and I hope this is what you want!!
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by:Redlands
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I have found some more infor from Novells web site, that may assist you in providing a solution?

 It reads....
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4.2.1 After Installing the Novell Client, Local User Tiles Are No Longer Visible During Login

If you install the Novell Client for Vista on a machine with multiple local users, after rebooting, you are asked to log in to the Novell Client. At this point, there are only two available tiles: one for the local administrator user, and one for the Novell Client. You will no longer see the individual tiles for the local users.

This is working as designed. The Novell Client for Windows Vista follows Microsofts recommendations to filter out the local user accounts after installing the Novell Client. If you install the workstation into a Microsoft Domain, the local user tiles are also filtered out, and the Novell Client follows this behavior.
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So the problem I have is that I am seeing every account! Anyone know how to change the registry so it only shows a single account The same way it does when using a microsoft domain?
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by:McKnife
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You did not comment on crumley's proposal - did you try it? I think it works in your situation. Tried it and works here.
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No solution to this issue worked. In the end I have been foreced to reimage the laptop. This resolved the problem.
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