password on Windows 7 for scheduling

I would prefer not to have a password on my computer. I am running Windows 7 professional. Is it necessary to have a password, even to access the computer, when you are scheduling something like a backup? This was the case in Windows XP.
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Carol ChisholmConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I would really suggest that you get used to having a password, especially if your computer is connected to the Internet.
However you can create two users, one with a password for scheduling tasks, and another without one.
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JoshOdomAuthor Commented:
So you are saying that Windows 7 requires a password if you are going to schedule something?
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senadConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You do not need a password for scheduling.
Absolutely not !
However, password is essential in networking.
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senadConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Employing a password is a matter of choice.
Some people use it so no one else can gain
access to their machines,others,who have the
computer in a safe place and know no harm can come
to them,leave the password out,because it is less
a hassle.So the choice is yours....
However if you intend to have networking at home,then I suggest you use it.
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JoshOdomAuthor Commented:
I do have networking at home. I completely trust everyone in my home. This is the first time I have heard of this. Is the password to exclude people in the network or people over the Internet? Does this mean that you have to put in a password every time you access another computer in your network? As you know, it is possible to have a password but not have it visible when accessing another computer in your network. Thank you so much for responding.
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senadConnect With a Mentor Commented:
If you have windows 7 machines at home (all of you) then you set up a homegroup.
Homegroup can be set only if ALL machines are windows 7.
You can not have a homegroup between XP and W7.
But you can connect to each other anyway through network.
And for that,you need passwords on both machines.
So every time you try and access another machine you will have to type
in the password.However,you can disable this too but that's another issue.
Important thing is that passwords must be on both ends.

As the internet connection is concerned,passwords also serve to protect
unauthorized entry over the net to your machine as well.
So that is another reason to have them.
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Carol ChisholmConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You should have passwords if connected to the Internet. You can set up your network so that the computers in the home network trust all the users: each user puts their password on once when they turn on the computer and then they can access all the other comptuers.
However a virus or malware from the Internet which does not know the password has to try and guess it (so passwords should be long), and in general they move on to attack another computer if they don't get into yours.

If every computer and user had a secure password which was regularly changed there would be many less computer viruses in the world.

Good passwords are easy to remember and change: 05-01-2010!ExpertsExchange would be quite a good password!
Next month your friends Alice and Joe have been married for 5 years on Feb 20th: 20-Feb-2010*Alice&Joe would be an excellent password.



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JoshOdomAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much. Is a home group more secure than a standard network? Can a home group access as much of the other computers as a standard network? If you set your computer so that the logon screen is disabled, do you compromise security? If you set your computer so that the password does not have to be entered when accessing another computer, is security compromised?
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senadConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Yes,homegroup is much more secure.
It can access whatever you allow it (you right click on any folder and there
you have the work-group  share options).
Logon screen disabled ?
Well,if you are in your own house .... disable it....
But remember one thing : security is always better with a password.
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JoshOdomAuthor Commented:
You can configure your computer so that the logon/password screen does not appear and you go right to your desktop.  It requires a command line entry.
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senadConnect With a Mentor Commented:

If you are the only user and do not have the password,then you go strait to your
desktop.
If you have more users ...the feature is called fast user switching and can be enabled or disabled.
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senadConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Otherwise ...
Open "Command Prompt" and run "control userpasswords2". Then select the user you would like to logon by default and uncheck the option "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer." Type the user's password and you are done.
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senadConnect With a Mentor Commented:
i.e not command prompt (likeDOS)  but the RUN one ....
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JoshOdomAuthor Commented:
Does doing this compromise security?
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senadConnect With a Mentor Commented:
No ...
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JoshOdomAuthor Commented:
Thank you all very much. Great discussion.
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