Windows XP offers lots of customization features to its users; one among this is the ability to enable/disable the Windows welcome screen. Disabling this feature will enhance the security of your OS, since you will be required to provide a username for logging in. In this article you can find instructions for doing the same.
Windows support instructions
Follow the instructions mentioned below and you will be able to change the welcome screen of your Windows XP operating system.
- Start off by clicking the Windows “Start” button located at the bottom of your desktop.
- Continue by clicking on “Settings” from the start menu.
- Select the option which says “Control Panel” from the settings sub-menu.
- Click on the icon titled “User Accounts”.
- Select the option labeled “Change the way users log on and off”.
- Now you need to turn the welcome screen on or off. To disable it, just unmark the check box which says “Use welcome screen”. This will activate the classic login prompt, requiring you to enter the username for logging in. To enable the welcome screen, mark the check box which says “Use the welcome screen”. After changing the settings, remember to click on the option titled “Apply Options”.
- Make use of the additional settings. If incase you have enabled the welcome screen, go back to your logon options page and mark the check box which says “Use Fast User Switching”. This will let you to switch access to a different user without closing any programs.
- In you would like to disable the welcome screen without using the classic prompt, simply disable both and configure the user to automatically login. To do this, click on the windows “Start” button, select “Run” from the start menu, type “control userpassowrds” in the run text box and hit the “Ok” button. Highlight the name of the user account that you want to log into automatically, mark the check box labeled “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer”.
- Hit the “apply” button, provide the username and password for the account in respective boxes, and hit the “Ok” button.
That’s all with the instructions for changing Windows XP welcome screen. Have a nice day!