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Chapter 1. Getting Started With Windows ... > Logging on and Logging off Windows X...

Logging on and Logging off Windows XP

Logging on is the process of starting a session in Windows XP—the first thing you do after turning on your computer. After your computer powers up—or boots—you’ll see a screen in which you enter your user name and (optional) password. Windows XP creates user accounts to identify who has permission to use a particular computer (or network). User accounts are covered in Chapter 16, but for now, you need to know only your user name and password, which depend on your installation:

  • If you upgraded to Windows XP from Windows 98/Me without a user profile, there is no password.

  • If you did a clean install of Windows XP, you set up at least one account during installation. Enter the user name and password you set for that account.

  • If your PC came with Windows XP preinstalled, the Welcome screen that appears after booting lists account names. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for logging on.

  • If you upgraded to Windows XP from Windows 2000 or NT 4.0, or from Windows 98/Me with user profiles enabled, your existing accounts migrated to the new installation. See “Setting up User Accounts” in Chapter 16.

  • If you’re on a large network, ask your network administrator.


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