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Chapter 4. Using the Windows XP Interface > Logging in to Windows XP

Logging in to Windows XP

At this point, you should have Windows XP Home installed. But before you explore the OS, you have to log on. There are often several steps required before you gain access to your system. First, obviously, you must power up the system if it is not already. Be sure that all bootable CDs are removed from the CD drives and that no floppies or Zip/Jaz disks are present in their respective drives (this is necessary only if your BIOS is set to attempt a boot first from media other than your hard drive).

After the system is fully booted, you need to log on. Depending on which logon mode the system is using, you need to either use the Welcome screen to click on a user name/icon or press Ctrl+Alt+Del to provide logon credentials to gain access to the system. If your system was a part of a network before an upgrade install, or you altered the default settings of the network components during a manual or unattended installation, you need to use the secure logon, which is covered in the section titled, “Using the Classic Logon” later in the chapter. Otherwise, Windows XP presents you with the Welcome screen for one-click access to the desktop.


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