Stop that annoying Windows log-on

For those of you who do not use log-on passwords and only have one user account, I am sure that you have run into the joy of being required to click on your user name everytime you start your computer. In most cases, this is caused by the various updates and versions of .NET.

There are several work-arounds, like clicking on your user name, that are available, here is just one tip for Windows XP users.

  • With Windows up and running (at the “desktop”)
  • Click on “Start”
  • Click on “Run”
  • In the Run box type in (without the quotes) “Control Userpasswords2”, the only space is between the “l” in “control” and the “U” in “User”.
  • Press the “Enter” key.
  • A window will appear with a list of users and user accounts. One time click on the user name you want to log on as to select the name/user.
  • Above that, uncheck the box next to “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”.
  • Select “OK”
  • If you use a password, type it in the new windows that appears (twice). If you do not use a password, you won’t see that password window.

If you use Windows XP Home edition and you try to use the build in “Administrator” account you will receive an error message and this tip won’t work, you need to use a user name listed.