Tuesday, August 30, 2005
We have one Windows XP machine at home that is used by the whole family. When I first set it up I created an admin user and a low priviledged user 'mike' and gave both passwords. The default setup with XP is to automatically log you in as administrator (yes, I know, no wonder there are so many successfull exploits out there for windows), but after you create accounts and give them passwords you arrive at the logon screen after booting up. I wanted to keep both accounts with passwords but to automatically login to 'mike' when the machine booted up. type the following at the command prompt (while logged in as adminstrator): control userpasswords2 The 'user accounts' dialog opens. Uncheck 'users must enter a username and password to use this computer' and click 'apply'. A dialog pops up asking you to specify the user that will be automatically logged on. Enter the name and password, click OK and you're done.
Posted by Mike Hadlow at 11:20 am