Setting password for XP

  muddypaws 14:04 PM 21 May 12
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I have never set a password for my Administrator account but am now trying to do so.I have followed the M.S simple instructions ( control panel>user accounts etc), but each time I restart the PC it still boots straight to desktop.

On my user accounts page there are three icons:

Me- Administrator: Guest which is switched off and ASP.NET ( password protected. No idea what the last is and why it has a password.

I only have the one stand alone PC and it is only used by my wife and myself.

I know in the past I set it to boot without going through the log on user screen.

Do I have to revert back to that boot option for the p/word to have any effect.

I feel this should be in the 'Beginners' forum!!

Thanks for any advice.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 14:20 PM 21 May 12

Do I have to revert back to that boot option for the p/word to have any effect

Yes

  muddypaws 15:13 PM 21 May 12

Fruit Bat /\0/\

Thanks.

I can find the log on/ log off options screen with two checked boxes.

'Use the Welcome screen' and 'Use fast user switching'.

Mine boots up to desk top without any prompts.

Must be having a thick day!

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 15:52 PM 21 May 12

Fast user switch doesn't work if you have passwords set.

Windows XP Home: Administrator Account:

Restart the computer
Once Windows shuts down, begin tapping F8
From the menu, select Safe Mode and hit Enter
The computer will boot. Click on the icon for Administrator.
Open the Control Panel. (Click Start >> Control Panel )
Click on User Accounts
Click on the icon for Administrator.
Click on Create Password.
Type in your new password and confirm that password.
Type a password hint.
Click Set Password.
Close all windows and restart the computer.

Windows XP Home: For all other User Accounts

Open the Control Panel. (Click Start >> Control Panel)
Open User Accounts.
Select the user account for which you would like to set a password.
Click on Change My Password (or Set My Password if no password is currently assigned).
You will then be prompted to enter a new password.
Click Change, then No to make Private.

Windows XP Pro: Administrator Account

Open the User Accounts window.
(Click Start >> Run. Type control userpasswords2 in the box and click OK.)

Select the Administrator username, and click on the Reset Password button. You will be prompted with a dialogue box to set a new password. Set the other users' passwords in the next section.

Be sure to check the box next to Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer is checked.

Windows XP Pro: For all other User Accounts

Open the Control Panel.
( Click Start >> Control Panel OR Click Start >> Run. Type control panel in the box and click OK.)

Open User Accounts and select the user account for which you would like to set a password.

Select the user account for which you would like to set a password.

Click on Change My Password (or Set My Password if no password is currently assigned).
You will then be prompted to enter a new password.
Click Change, then No to make Private

Repeat steps 3, 4, 5, and 6 for each user account.

  muddypaws 17:01 PM 21 May 12
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Fruit Bat /\0/\

Thanks for your time.

Done.

Will resolve.

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