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Removing the demand for a login password


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I have done something with my computer that as
well as achieving the desired effect has created a nuisance. I have found a
possible solution but would be very grateful if someone could tell me
whether or not it would probably be safe to apply the suggested solution.

My husband was concerned about the security of our laptop (Computer A)
because of documents on it containing sensitive data.

Boldly I said I was sure I could find a way of safeguarding the documents in
question and I did a bit of Googling. Sure enough I soon found a method
(http://txpress.blogs...-in-windows-xp.
html. ) by which you attach a password to a folder:

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a. Right click the folder you want to protect and click properties.

b. Now select the Sharing tab and check the Make this folder private
checkbox.

c. Click on Apply and use your login password to access the folder.

(Note: If you do not have a login password, a box will appear for you to
enter a new password. A password must be assigned here to make the folder
private. After a password is assigned, it becomes your new login password.)

d. Type the password and click the Create Password button. Now close the
password window.

e. Click OK and close the properties window and that's it.

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I created a folder specially on a different computer (Computer B) and
attempted to implement this procedure.

It did not work for some inexplicable reason.

I Googled again and found this page:
http://ezinearticles...s-on-My-Compute
r
<http://ezinearticles...ts-on-My-Comput
er&id=2015649> &id=2015649 and here there was a different method:

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1. Open a new document in either MS Word or MS Excel.

2. After finishing your document, click on Tools, which is found on the top
portion of your screen.

3. Select Options. A smaller screen will appear containing several tabs.

4. Click on the Security Tab.

5. Place corresponding passwords for opening and modifying the file.

6. Keep clicking OK until you are back to your document.

I applied this method to my test material (on Computer B) and it worked
fine. So I applied it to one of my husband's confidential files on computer
A and it worked fine there too.

Then I removed the password from my experimental file. (I can't now find
chapter and verse of how I did this but I think I just had to open the
document by using the password and then delete the blobs representing it in
the password box and click OK.)

The reason I am asking for help is that it appears that the first method I
tried failed to do what I wanted but did do something else - which to be
fair it did say would happen, namely, give me a prompt to supply a password
at log in.

I don't want to have this but I cannot now get rid of it.

The trusty Googling has found this remedy (though again I'm afraid I can't
remember the url for it):

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How do you disable the login prompt in Windows XP Home?

1. Click Start and Run

2. Type "Control Userpasswords2" and press enter.

3. Uncheck the box for "Users must enter a user name and password to use
this computer."

4. Click Apply and Ok.

Please can anyone reassure me that this will be safe to do? Is that what you
think I should do or would you recommend a different course?
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The simplest way to remove a user account password is to login to an account who has administrator privilege, go to Control Panel > User Accounts > Click the user's icon and delete the password.
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Thank you very much, Skeptic, for getting read of the demand for a password- what you suggested worked perfectly.

I have to confess that before you had kindly posted some advice, in impatient desperation I did what I asked about in my first posting, ie, followed this advice:
1. Click Start and Run

2. Type "Control Userpasswords2" and press enter.

3. Uncheck the box for "Users must enter a user name and password to use
this computer."

4. Click Apply and Ok.

It didn't stop me being asked for a password at login, but did cause a worrying notice to appear - something to do with permission being denied. (I'm afraid I can't easily access the message now.) When I put the password in the message went away, so my fears seem to have been unnecessary.

After I had done what YOU told me to do I restarted the computer. The notice appeared again but the demand for a password did not. I think I just ignored the notice. I can live with it but if it could be banished it would be nice.

Thank you, Skeptic, very much for your help.
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CORRECTION TO MY LAST POSTING. THE FIRST SENTENCE SHOULD, OF COURSE, READ THUS:

Thank you very much, Skeptic, for getting RID of the demand for a password - what you suggested worked perfectly.
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Thanks for letting us know.
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[/quote]
How do you disable the login prompt in Windows XP Home?

1. Click Start and Run

2. Type "Control Userpasswords2" and press enter.

3. Uncheck the box for "Users must enter a user name and password to use
this computer."

4. Click Apply and Ok.

Please can anyone reassure me that this will be safe to do? Is that what you
think I should do or would you recommend a different course?[/quote]
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Yes that is the safe way to do what you asked. But you need to be loged on as the administrator.

1. Click Start and Run

2. Type "Control Userpasswords2" and press enter.

3. Uncheck the box for "Users must enter a user name and password to use
this computer."

4. Click Apply and a new window opens and wants an account and password to log in automatically.

5. type in administrator for the account and leave password blank and click OK then OK again and reboot computer
and windows will start with no prompt for account or password.

Edited by wr9, 12 February 2010 - 12:16 AM.

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Thanks very much, wr9. Mysteriously, the problem seemed to have removed itself when I switched the computer on this morning! But I have filed your instructions for use if it recurs.

Thanks again so much for taking the trouble to help
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