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Windows XP Professional: The Missing Manual by L.J. Zacker, Craig Zacker, David Pogue

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Setting Up the Logon Process

On a Windows XP computer in a workgroup, the dialog box that greets you when you turn on the PC (or when you relinquish your turn at the PC by choosing StartLog Off) looks something like Figure 17-14. But a few extra controls let you, an administrator, set up the logon screen for either more or less security—or, put another way, less or more convenience.

Open the User Accounts program in the Control Panel, and then click “Change the way users log on or off.” As shown in Figure 17-12, Windows XP now offers you two extremely important logon options.

The first option here governs the appearance of the user-friendly Welcome screen shown in Figure 17-14. The second lets one person duck into his own account without forcing you to log off completely, as described in Section 17.6.2. Note that these options are related—you can’t turn off the first without first turning off the second.

Figure 17-14. The first option here governs the appearance of the user-friendly Welcome screen shown in Figure 17-14. The second lets one person duck into his own account without forcing you to log off completely, as described in Section 17.6.2. Note that these options are related—you can’t turn off the first without first turning off the second.

Use the Welcome Screen

Under normal circumstances, the logon screen presents a list of account holders when the PC is first turned on, as shown in Figure 17-14.

If you’re worried about security, however, you might not even want that list to appear. If you turn off “Use the Welcome screen,” each person who signs in must type both his name and password into blank boxes—a very inconvenient, but secure, arrangement (Figure 17-13). (You can’t turn off Use the Welcome screen ...

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