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Logon Options

Here’s the dilemma: you’ve set up multiple user accounts on a machine, and you’ve gone the extra mile to ensure that your data is properly protected by configuring permissions and employing encryption. Now you find Windows so locked down that you can’t do anything without having to enter a password first. Fortunately, you can customize the logon process to suit your needs and tolerance for cumbersome logon procedures.

Use the Traditional Log On DialogInstead of the Welcome Screen

The new, friendly Welcome screen is the default interface used when logging on to Windows XP.

The traditional Log On dialog forces you to type both the username and password of a user account to log in. Since a list of active users is not shown, it’s more secure than the default Welcome screen. Here’s how to switch:


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