All of a sudden XP needs a password from me. I managed to get around it and use safe mode to set up a real password so I could use my computer but now I can't figure out how to get rid of it altogether. Any info would be great!
OK I don't know what the hell is going on. I try to turn off the startup login prompt but it always shows up and even if I try to allow the password it will not let me in. Out of nowhere this started and it keeps getting worse.
Hmm, not quite sure what you're trying to describe here. Does the welcome screen still appear when you boot up? You can turn that off too through the User Accounts in the Control Panel. If you unticked the box saying that users must enter a password and the welcome screen is disabled, then Windows should load straight to your desktop.
Your OS should have an Admin account in addition to your own regardless. Does the Admin account show up on the login (welcome) screen? It usually won't unless you specify that it should. If you always want XP to boot-up to the desktop under your login, then be sure that yours is the only account enabled in the User Accounts section of the Control Panel. If that is the case and you've done everything mentioned above but are still having problems, then I'll see what else I can find out.
Thanks a lot for your help....In User Accounts I have 3: mine (which says I am an administrator), an administrator account and the guest account which is turned off. When I try to start up a login screen appears and says "administrator" in the username. if I click enter or type anything it won't let me in, saying something about account restrictions. And if I type in my name it won't let me in...even when I tried previously to set up my own password. I have two hard drives on my system...the one I am using now is the previous OS I was using until I installed XP on my second hard drive. This XP was just getting too slow and cluttered. I do plan on removing it from my system as soon as I can get the newly installed one to work OK
If ya doen't want to enter the password at the welcome menu everytime you boot up yer computer and you tried to disable it in the user accounts (located in the "Control Panel"). And you tried clicking on your account and clicked on "remove my password" and it didn't allow you.
Follow this step to remove it.
1. Go to Control panel
2. Click administrative tools
3. Local Security Settings
4. Click Minimum password length
5. Reduce it to 0, No password required
6. Go to user account in control panel click your account and remove password.
This will disable the password feature.
Works with XP Home, XP Pro, XP Tablet and XP Media.
To log on as Administrator and reset the password:
1. Restart the computer. After the Power On Self Test (POST), press the F8 key.
2. On the Windows Advanced Options menu, use the ARROW keys to select Safe Mode, and then press ENTER.
3. When you are prompted to select the operating system to start, select Microsoft Windows XP edition (where edition is the edition of Windows XP that is installed), and then press ENTER.
4. On the To begin, click your user name screen, click Administrator.
5. Type the administrator password, and then press ENTER.
NOTE: In some cases, the Administrator password may be set to a blank password. In this case, do not type a password before you press ENTER.
6. Click Yes to acknowledge that Windows is running in Safe mode.
7. Click Start, and then click Control Panel (or point to Settings, and then click Control Panel).
8. Click User Accounts.
9. Click the user account whose password you want to change.
10. Click Change the Password if you want to keep a password, or click Remove password if you do not want to use a password. If you remove the password, skip the next step.
11. Type the new password for the user, and then click Change Password.
12. Quit the User Accounts tool, and then restart the computer.
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS