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Single user XP setup

Q: Single user XP setup

I have XP, and am the only user of my computer. When I boot up, I get a prompt with my user name that I must click on before the machine finishes booting. Is there a way to avoid this?


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Can I simplify first time setup as follows: since I am the only user, can I set up a single user account with administrative privileges and no password, given I have no microsoft account just local? If I do not need a password, how do I set it up without one? If I do that, will it complicate being the administrator? Thanks for any help!

EDIT: I will be using Windows 8, Home edition

A:Setup-single user account with no password?

Hello JoGirl, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Yes. You would just need to set it up using a "Local" account instead of a "Microsoft" account. Only with a local account can you leave the password fields blank to not have one.

The only issue with it being an administrator account without a password protection would be a security issue of everyone being able to use the account since there is no password they must type before being allowed to.

Hope this helps,
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Is it a network printer or a local printer?
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A:Have to select user upon startup, and after locking. Single User

Hello KillerHonky, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you have to select a user's icon at the log on screen, then what other user's icon is displayed to select from if you only have a single user account on the computer?

....or do you mean that you have to enter both the user name and password at log on instead of just the password?

You could use the tutorial below to set Windows 7 to automatically log on to a user account at startup.

Log On Automatically at Startup

Hope this helps for now,
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A:Change from multiple to single monitor setup

For XP.
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A:Win 7 single user, merging users\All Users, Default User, Public, etc?

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A:Single user PC

Go to Control ->User Accounts.

Delete the one you don't what any longer
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A:Single User SQL on an XP Machine?

How about installing the MDSE version of SQL (aka SQL 2005 Express) and install it on your XP Workstation?

Or is your product doesn't support 2005, then try the MSDE 2000 RelA.
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So my questions are:

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A:Single User Security

Very astute questions.
It is suggested that you do not log on as administrator. If you are infected by malware the damage done will be limited
Windows 7 firewall is fine. Others are going to post and disagree, since it is a matter of opinion. I trust my system to the built in fire wall.
Sandboxie is very good software. I do not use it but it will give you an extra layer of protection
You can test the safety of any download with virus total
Now here is your bonus answer. I use the free Macrium Reflect. It makes an image of my hard drive (I make an image after any big changes, ie updates. It has saved me from 3 virus. You get a virus, just replace with the image.
Good luck to you
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Many thanks

A:Single User SQL on an XP Machine?

I figured somebody would answer this by now.

If I recall, there's a single user SQL from Microsoft that's a "desktop edition"

Of course, now that I've read this, it appears that they're canning this for Vista.

In the mean time, you should be able to use the MSDE engine. Not the fastest, but if it's single user it's probably ok.

Having said that, using SQL etc has some caveats.

1] Whatever the XP system has now, it'll probably need more memory to perform satisfactory.
2] You need to protect the system and filesystems/database from being shutdown abnormally. They need to be queiesced. This means the system needs a UPS of some form. Something that will keep it up long enough to shutdown gracefully.
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A:Single User Does Not Load

Hello hopefully I can point you in the right direction to fix your problem.Please read this concerning ntuser.dat a corrupted user profile. this helps and please keep us informed as to whether this helped or not.Kind regards.Bruce.
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A:Single User Question

Hello Jerry, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I think you may have misunderstood what UAC is. Read the links in the green information box in the tutorial below for a more detailed explanation of what UAC is and what is does if you like. The tutorial below will also show you how to turn UAC off.

User Account Control - UAC - Change Notification Settings

You might also look into the built-in Adminsitrator account to see if you may be interested in using it for what you want. I would recommend to stick with your current default administrator account though for better security.

Hope this helps,
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A:Single User Security

With a single pc you should create a standard user account and use it for everything. Only use the admin account when necessary.
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A:Installing program on XP for single user

I think the best way is to manually do it as I think there no way in stopping it happing.
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2)paste to every users C:\Documents and Settings\Everyuser\Start Menu
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4)clean up your start menu

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A:Revert XP to single user mode

Delete all but one user and In the User panel, click on "Change the way users log on and off" and put a tick in Use Welcome Screen

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A:Change user from dual to single

Well. you can simply never log off, just shutdown the computer and you'll never see the log on screen again. You can also change the name if you so desire. Or, if I read your post right...simply log on your name and never log off. There is a procedure to delete USERS and you can from the Control Panel. Make sure though that you are logged on as the Administrator.

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A:Single User 1324 Error

By the way same thing happens for Office suite 2007. It seems to be Office products in general.
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A:XP Pro clean install for single user


Welcome to TSG.

You Can go to Control Panel/ User Accounts and remove unwanted accounts.

Then Control Panel/Administrative Tools/Local Security Settings/Minimum Password Length/Reduce it to 0.

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A:Install software for single user only

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A:XP - Single-user. Remove other logins?

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A:What folder should a Single User app be installed in?

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Did you shut down and boot up again when you gave your kids account permission?
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A:Single user security settings

Start, Run and type: control userpasswords2. Uncheck the box for "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer".

It would be wise to password the "Administrator" account and create a separate account for yourself.
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Even if you are the only user on your PC, it might be advised to use the Master Password feature for the best security. You can find info about using Master Password at the Mozilla Help Site

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A:Blocking Internet connection for single user

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A:Down/Up bandwidth issues for single user account

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You could download the ISO file for your version of Windows 7, save it to desktop, then burn it to a DVD. If you ever did a repair install or a clean install, just use the Product Key on your Toshiba laptop to re-activate with Microsoft. Hope some of this helps and doesn't make things even more confusing.
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If you mean that you enabled the build-in "Administrator" account, then you could just disable it to not see it anymore.

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See if resetting the Hosts File helps.

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Quote: Originally Posted by hershmab

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Hello DGEccles,
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Many thanks.
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A:User profile setup

Welcome to TSG!
Have a similiar problem using WinME with User Desktops. What I do is create a shortcut on my Wifes desktop to the program residing in my program folder and it works just fine for Her.

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A:Setup new User account on XP

From Windows Help:

To add a new user to the computer
When you add a user to your computer, you are allowing that individual to have access to files and programs on your computer.

The steps to perform this task differ depending on whether your computer is a member of a network domain or is part of a workgroup (or is a stand-alone computer).

My computer is on a domain

You must be logged on as an administrator or a member of the Administrators group in order to complete this procedure. If your computer is connected to a network, network policy settings may also prevent you from completing this procedure.

Open User Accounts in Control Panel.
On the Users tab, click Add.
Follow the instructions on the screen to add a new user.

Add New User gives an existing domain user permission to use the computer.
You can only add existing domain users by using User Accounts. To add a new local user, on the Advanced tab, click the Advanced button. In Local Users and Groups, click Users, and then on the Action menu, click New User.
You should not add a new user to the Administrators group unless the user will perform only administrative tasks. For more information, click Related Topics.
My computer is not on a domain

You must have a computer administrator account on the computer to add a new user to the computer.

Open User Accounts in Control Panel.
Click Create a new account.
Type a name for the new user account, and then click Next.
Click Computer administrator or Limited, depending on the type of account you want to assign to the new user, and then click Create Account.

The name you assign to the account is the name that will appear on the Welcome screen and the Start menu.
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You can't make any machine even mildly "bulletproof" without the user's cooperation.

I have had good results with a few users by installing this;

The free version is very good.

Regards....Mike Connor
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This forum has some unique smilies by the way.

A:Recommended user accounts setup?

Using a standard user account it undoubtedly more secure, but also more restrictive - for a reason!
You can disable UAC but using a standard user account will prevent the majority of software installs and "grey out" some advanced options in various dialog boxes.
However you can always often right click and perform a "Run As" to elevate privileges on files.
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A:Limited user account setup

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A:1st user setup with incorrect spelled name

Hello Leslie, and welcome to Seven Forums.

The programs installed on the PC will not be removed if you delete the user account. You may need to create new shortcuts from the .exe file of the program in a new account though.

Since "User Accounts" in the Control Panel only shows the one account, where are you seeing the other account at?

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Hope this helps for now,
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A:Windows 8.1 Other User Login on First Setup

Hi! Haven't you received any response to your problem? I have the almost the same issue (on first setup it just skiped all steps before the "Other User" screen) and I cannot find any solution!!! I am going crazy!!! Please help me if you can!!!
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Have a look at the following Tutorial: Personal User Shell Folders - Move Location
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A:Windows 7 User Setup Question

Quote: Originally Posted by cover

Is there a way with Win7Pro to either copy your profile over to a 'power user' status OR disable the need for a password after the machine has not been used? Generally after a length of time where a screen saver might kick in, I'm required to re-enter the password which is kind of annoying since nobody else uses the machine. So again, I guess I'd like to either copy my admin profile (desktop) over to another user OR disable the admin password where I'm not prompted for a password if the machine sets idle for 20 minutes. Thanks

I'm guessing its this you're talking about. If so, just select the Yes to a No.
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A:On Domain want to setup local user account?

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