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Prevent Password Expiration (XP Pro Only)
By default, Windows XP passwords will expire after 42
days. Fourteen days before the expiration date, you will
receive the message "Your password will expire in 14
days" when you log on. If you do not want your password
to expire, Click Start, Run, then type control
Click the Advanced tab, then the Advanced button
Left pane: Click Users
Right pane: Right-click the username, then select Properties
Check Password never expires on the General tab
Set a minimum password length (98)
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Policies\ Network] Create the dword value MinPwdLen. Set it to the minimum length you want.
Access Windows 2000 from Windows 98 without a password
On the Windows 200 machine, right-click My Computer,
then click Manage System Tools>Local Users and
In the right pane, double-click the Guest account, uncheck Account is disabled Make sure the password is set blank.
The hard disk must have a share name other than C$
Automatic logon without name or password (9x)
This setting allows Windows clients to logon without
entering a user name or password, therefore bypassing
the logo box. Create the string value Default Password,
under Winlogon (see key below). Modify the Default
Password's data to match the default users password. The
default username is stored
Reboot and the system should automatically logon.
NOTE: The password is stored in clear text.
Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ Software\ Microsoft\Windows\ CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
Value Name: Default Password
Prevent a Windows logon prompt at startup
Control Panel>User Accounts>Change an account
Do not enter a password
Control Panel>System>Network Identification>Network ID>Next>This computer is for home use...>Next>Windows always assumes the following user has logged on to this computer (enter no password)>Next>Finish
1. Do not Clear last user at logon
If you didn't check Clear last user at logon, go to step 2. Either use TweakUI's Paranoia tab and uncheck Clear Last User a logon.Or go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\ Winlogon, delete all the
named values, except DontDisplayLastUserName, and set it to zero.
2. Remove password
a) If you don't have a password, go to step 3
b) If you don't know your current logon password
Delete the .pwl file from the c:\windows folder
Delete the equivalent entry from c:\windows\system.ini [Password Lists]
c) If you know your current password
Control Panel>Passwords>Change Passwords>Change Windows Password
Type current password in the Old Password box
Leave the New Password and Confirm New Password boxes blank
3. User profile
Control Panel>Passwords>User Profile
Select All users of this PC use the same preferences and desktop settings
Ensure Microsoft Family Logon is installed and that it is the Primary Network
(Use client for Microsoft Networks if you're on a LAN)
When asked for a username and password, enter a username and hit Enter
Hit Enter to confirm the blank password
You'll never be asked for your password again
Delete your screen saver password if you forgot it (98)
Go into DOS and type edit control.ini. Look for a line PWProtected=1 : Change it so it says PWProtected=0
Why does user logon screen come up after standby mode in XP Pro
From a security perspective, XP Pro should prompt for
your password when coming off standby or hibernation
mode. But if your workstation is at home or in a very
secured location, to disable this important security
Start the Power Options Control Panel applet
Select the Advanced tab.
Uncheck the Prompt for password when computer goes off standby check box.