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CNET Membership newsletter May 14, 2004 

The 5 that matter

Dear CNET members:
Just as a reminder, if you missed the announcement about the free classes we're offering, check 'em out; first class starts May 24. Now on to this week's answer. While many of you recommended Microsoft's PowerToys Tweak UI for the solution to this week's question, which, by the way, is a great Windows utility, we'd rather give the in-house Windows solution as the first pick. So thank you, Chris, for submitting a great and thorough answer below. Please check out the honorable mentions following Chris's answer. Thanks everyone!

1How do I eliminate the dialog box, which appears on booting up Windows XP and asks for a password, and go directly to the desktop instead?

--Submitted by W.A.F. of Bogotá, D.C., Colombia

There are four conditions necessary to disable the Windows logon screen:
1. There must be only two accounts on the computer, the administrator and the guest account.
2. There must be no password for the administrator account.
3. The guest account must be turned off.
4. The welcome screen must be turned on.

Step 1: Delete all user accounts except the administrator and guest accounts. To delete accounts, log on as administrator, then click Start > Settings > Control Panel > User Accounts > Change An Account. Click the account you want to delete, then hit Delete Account.

Step 2: Remove the password from the administrator account. Click the administrator account and Remove My Password. You will be prompted to enter your password on the next screen. Enter your password and click Remove Password.

Step 3: Turn off the guest account. Navigate back to User Accounts in the control panel. If the guest account is turned on, click it, then "Turn off the guest account."

Step 4: Turn on the welcome screen. Navigate back to the User Account screen as described above. Click "Change the way users log on or off." Make sure there is a check mark next to "Use the welcome screen." Then click Apply Options.

--Submitted by member: Chris

(Note: Chris’s answer has been edited down to the basics in order to publish in our newsletter, so please click here to read the full and detailed answer before taking action.)

For his efforts, we’re sending his choice of any Learning CD.

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My digital pictures are too big to send by e-mail (more than a megabyte each). How can I easily reduce their file size for e-mailing without having to learn Photoshop or some other complex program?

--Submitted by: Doug V. of Cambridge, MA

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