If you don’t use any Windows XP login security, then you can skip this article. Otherwise, if you are like many Windows XP users who have to enter a password every time their computer sluggishly boots up, then read this!
Ok. Here’s the scenario:
You have to wait 2 minutes while your computer turns on. You have to sit in front of your computer during this whole time because once it finally gets to the login screen, you have to type in the password. The computer then crunches numbers for another 2 minutes while it loads a wide variety of programs (MSN messenger, your Norton Antivirus, your Microsoft Office shortcut bar, etc…). Finally, after like 5 minutes, you have access to your desktop.
How would you like your computer to load all those programs *before* you ever have to enter your password? You could press the button to power up your system and go get a cup of coffee. Five minutes later, you come to your desk and type in your password. BAM! Instantly dropped to the desktop! Your programs are already running and all systems are a go!
Here’s how to do it:
- Download Microsoft’s free TweakUI tool and install it.
- Click your Start button, go to your Programs menu, and select Tweak UI from the “Powertoys for Windows XP” folder.
- In the TweakUI window, double-click the “Logon” item in the left-hand column to expand it.
- Click on the “Autologon” item underneath the “Logon” section.
- Check the box that says “Log on automatically at system startup”
- Click the “Set Password” button and enter in your windows login password
- Click OK and close Tweak UI.
- Download this .reg file and run it. When it asks you if you want to merge it with your registry, choose “Yes”.
NOTE: If you feel queasy about merging a reg file with your registry, you can also add it by hand. Go to Start > Run and type in “regedit” and press OK. Browse to [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run] and create a new String Value. Name it “Lock Computer on Startup“, and set the value to “rundll32.exe user32.dll, LockWorkStation“
Presto! You’re done!
Now, when you boot up your computer, it will automatically log you in to your desktop and start up your programs. However, it will still secure your system, requiring you to enter your password to access it.