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How do I eliminate the dialog box, which appears on booting
up Windows XP and asks for a password, and go directly to the
W.A.F. of Bogotá, D.C., Colombia
There are four conditions necessary to disable the Windows
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
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