For users that simple want quick and hassle free access to their Windows XP desktop in a single user environment or workshop where physical security eliminates the need for repeatedly encountering the password prompt, this tip can help cut down the annoyance and delay of continually responding to the password prompt.
- Click Start and Run
- Type Control Userpasswords2 and press enter.
- Uncheck the box for “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.”
- Click Apply and Ok.
- Download and install TweakUI.
- Once installed and open, click the plus next to Logon.
- Click AutoLogon.
- Check the box to Log on automatically at system startup.
Through the registry instead of using TweakUI (regedit)
- Open Start, Run and type regedit and choose OK.
- Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
- In the DefaultUserName make sure it is current set to the username you wish to log in as.
- Next, in the DefaultPassword type the password you use to login. If you do not see this, create a new String Value with this name. *
- Next, open AutoAdminLogon and set the value to 1. If you do not see this, create a new String Value with this name. *
- Finally, once all values have been set close regedit and restart the computer.
* To create a new string value click Edit, New, and then click String Value. Name the string value for what was missing. Once created double-click the string value to change its value.
Disabling prompt for password after Windows XP resumes from standby or hibernation
- Click Start, Settings, and Control Panel
- Double-click Power Options
- Uncheck the “Prompt for password when computer resumes from standby” option.
- Click Apply and then Ok.
Disable Screensaver password
- Open Control Panel
- Choose Display and select the Screen Saver tab
- Uncheck “On Resume, password protect.”