Simple Technique For Enabling Auto Logon In Windows XP

Simple Technique For Enabling Auto Logon In Windows XP

Windows Vista allows you to make configurations to enable automatic logon with the help of a user interface so that you don’t have to enter any password to logon to the desktop every time you start your PC. Windows XP also possesses a similar feature using which you can configure automatic logon in non-domain computers.

If a Windows XP system has just one user account created on it, it will automatically logon to the desktop once it boots up. However, if there is more than one account defined on the system for different applications usage like web server, .NET Framework, VMWare Server 2.0 web console, FTP account etc., Windows XP does not automatically logon to the desktop.  

Instead, XP will display a Ctrl-Alt-Del dialog box or Welcome Screen so that you can select one of the user accounts to logon. Nevertheless, you may set the auto logon feature so that your PC starts and uses the predefined or preset user account to login automatically.

However you need to note that, though setting automatic logon is convenient, it is not completely secure. Once configured for auto logon, anyone who is able to gain access to your system physically can access everything on your system, including any network to which it is connected.

Apart from this, the login password remains saved and stored in the system registry which can be easily read by anyone who is able to access the PC. The system can also be accessed remotely by members of Authenticated Users group.

You need to use the below mentioned steps to set auto logon feature in your Windows XP system.

  • Click on the “Start” button to view the Start Menu. Select “Run” to open the run command box.
  • Type in “control userpasswords2” and click on “OK” button.
  • A window appears with the title “User Accounts”. You need to uncheck or deselect the option that forces the user to enter username and password to logon to the PC. Then click on “Apply” button.

  • You will see a dialog box with the title “Automatically Log On”. Within the text box for “Password”, type in the Administrator password. Retype the password within the “Confirm Password” text box.
  • By default, the text box corresponding to “User name” will be auto filled as “Administrator”. Administrator account in XP is the super user account which does not have any password by default. You may change the username to a different user account as per your preference. 

  • Click on the “OK” button to close the dialog box “Automatically Log On”. Now, click on “OK” to exit “User Accounts” window.

 

The same trick can be used in Windows Vista to open the “Advanced User Accounts” dialog box.

Change Windows XP Logon Screensaver And Create Logon Message Box

Change Windows XP Logon Screensaver And Create Logon Message Box

Windows XP OS is still the well-liked and most accepted Operating Systems amongst people regardless of the imminent confront posed by Windows 7, and on a little less a scale from Windows Vista. However, there is a trick to change the standard logon messages and the conventional logon screen.

You can modify the logon type by composing some modifications to the registry. Before you start, keep in mind that severe problems might arise if you adjust the registry wrongly. Therefore, backup the registry previous to making any alteration.

To customize your logon screen, you will need to primarily modify the logon screensaver. You can amaze your friends by means of an excellent and attractive logon screensaver.

To change the logon screensaver just follow these steps:

  • Open “Start” go to “Run,” type regedit then hit OK.
  • Registry editor window will be opened, navigate to the following registry sub key:

HKEY_USERS\.DEFAULT\Control Panel\Desktop

  • Double-click on the SCRNSAVE.EXE present in right window.
  • In the dialog box of Edit String, enter the screen saver name that you would like in the Value data box and next click on OK button. For instance, if you would like to utilize the Mystify screensaver as a logon screen saver, enter ssmyst.scr
  • Exit the Registry Editor
  • Now the selected screensaver will appear when the system starts.

You may put in a popup message box that will operate as a gentle reminder or a greeting message each and every time before logging into your PC. The message box will pop up just before the login screen years. You may include some funny sentence for example: “Welcome to Thomas’s Computer”, “Happy Using Me” etc.

To put in a message box at startup follow these steps:

  • Go to Registry Editor.
  • Navigate to the following registry sub key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Winlogon
  • There is huge number of registry keys necessary in support of the logon. To insert a text box, find the registry key named as LegalNoticeCaption and right click and select Modify. Here you can type in the title for your message box.

  • Now find out one more Registry Key, LegalNoticeText. Modify it and enter the message you wish to come into view inside the pop up message box.
  • Exit Registry Editor

  • The pop up massage box will appear when the system will be restarted

Remove / Disable Unread Messages Mail From Welcome Screen – Windows XP, Vista, 7

Excellent Tricks To Hide Unread Messages Notification On Windows XP Welcome Page

Windows XP users must have noticed that the moment XP boots up and Logon Screen or Welcome Screen appears for users to logon to the desktop, a message is displayed on the Welcome page. This message notifies that the user has specific number of unread emails, together with user’s email address. For E.g., “2 unread email messages”.

This count of unread messages appears even when the PC is locked and the user has to type in the password to re-enter the desktop. The unread messages count is displayed individually for each user and is normally shown once the user starts using Microsoft’s email services like Windows Live Hotmail or Microsoft Outlook.

All unread messages from applications such as Outlook Express, Outlook, Windows Live Hotmail, Windows Live Mail etc are taken into consideration while calculating the unread messages count depending on the setup and usage of these applications. This message is quite useless and sometimes irritating, especially when the user’s email address is displayed together.

However, it is possible to get rid of this message from the Welcome page by using the below mentioned tricks:

Method 1

The easiest way to remove the message is by using TweakUI PowerToys.

1. You need to download the setup file “TweakUiPowertoySetup.exe” from the Microsoft Download Center (download link). Once downloaded, you need to install TweakUI and run it.
2. Now locate “Logon” option present within the left pane and select it.
3. Click on the option “Unread Mail”.
4. Just uncheck and unselect the option when it prompts for your choice for showing the emails that are unread.
5. Users are allowed to apply new setting (i.e. without unread mail message count) either to their own account or all user accounts on the system.

Method 2

You may stop the unread messages count from appearing on the Welcome page by modifying the registry. To follow this method, go to “Run” option in the Start menu and type in “regedit.exe” to open Registry Editor.

For present logged on user, locate the registry key mentioned below:

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UnreadMail

For all user accounts on the system, locate the registry key mentioned below:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\UnreadMail

Within the right pane, check for value data by the name “MessageExpiryDays”. If you are unable to find it, you need to create new DWORD value data, name it as “MessageExpiryDays” and fix its value to 0 ie Zero. Then, save the setting.

Now you will no longer see unread messages count notification on the Welcome page.