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    In WinXp Pro, getting past "Welcome Login Screen"

    Let me clarify that subject line.

    When logging into Windows XP Home or Pro, we often see the Login screen as well as clickable icons representing the users of the machine.

    Is there any way, on Win Xp Pro, to get back the standard prompt box that forces you to type in your login name and password, so basically no simple clicking and typing a password?

    We have this at work on XP Pro because the company is all networked together, but I don't have this at home.

    I networked a few computers together here at home and instead of starting my computer up and seeing 3 user accounts on my welcome screen, I don't want people who get on my cpu to know the names of the user accounts, hence having to manually type in the username and password to login.

    Any clue on how to do this?

    Thanks

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    In the control pannel, click on "User Account" on this control, under "Pick Task" select "Change the way users log on and off". On this window uncheck "use wecome screen" and "Use fast user switching". This will revert you back to the traditional WinNT/Win2000 style of logging in.
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    grassy a.ss thanks

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    Yup...enter the registry editor (Start -> Run -> regedit) and change the following value:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
    look for "LogonType" in there and change the DWORD value from 1 to 0 (double click on it and enter 0 in the popup)...after a restart you should have the classic logon-box...

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    D'oh...must type faster


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    one more question.

    Well, here is the thing. I now have 2 desktop cpu's and a laptop all networked. The two desktops are WIN XP PRO, the laptop is XP Home.

    The folders being shared are located on my desktop machine. When browsing into Network Places with my wifes desktop machine (WIN XP PRO), it access's my shared files with no problem.

    however, when the laptop tries to do the same thing (remembe, XP Home), it is prompted with a username and password login box.

    I created a limited user account on my xp pro machine with the laptops username and password.

    I thought this would have handled it. Is this a XP Home issue, or is there a way around it?

    Thanks

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    One of the differences between XP Home and XP Pro is when it comes to Networking. I'm not sure of the exact details, but XP Home does not have all of the networking abilities of XP Pro.
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