Skip XP Welcome Screen


Dear Computer Lady,

I have a new IBM ThinkPad with Windows XP Home Edition.  I am the only person who uses or has access to this Laptop and I don’t know how to get rid of the User Accounts on this computer. I just want to be able to start with the desktop showing instead of the user account stuff coming up first. Can you tell me what to do to change this? Thanks so very much.



Dear Ev,

There are a couple of ways you can get your XP computer to boot directly into Windows without displaying the welcome screen first.

The first thing you can do, is go to Users in the “Control Panel” and make sure you are the only user, and the Guest user is turned off.

Click on “Start” and then on “Control Panel”.

Once in the Control Panel Window, Click on “Users Accounts” and then, depending on how you have Windows XP set up, you might have to click “User Accounts” a second time.

In order to skip the welcome screen, you need to have only one account listed in the user account window, and the “Guest” account must be turned off.

If your guest account is turned on, click on it, and then click on the button that says “Turn off the guest account”.

If you have a user named, “” you can delete that account, just keep the files that are associated with it.

Click on The “ASP” account, then click on “Delete the account” then click on the button that says “Keep Files”.

Now, when you re-start your computer, you will automatically boot into the one remaining account.

The second way to boot directly into Windows without selecting an account in the Welcome screen is to use a small utility from Microsoft called Tweak UI which you can download from their website at:

Once you have installed the power toys, you can find them by going to “Start” then “All Programs” point to “Power Toys for Windows XP” and then click on “TweakUI for Windows XP”.

This will bring up the Tweak UI window. Click the small plus sign next to “Logon” on the left hand side of the window, then click on “Autologon” beneath Logon.

Click to put a check mark next to “Log on automatically at system startup” and then type the user name in the box. Click “OK” and the system will log into your account the next time you start up the computer.



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