syskey: asks for a password before Windows finishes loading, and beforeyour asked for the password associcated with your username. AFAIK, this is only availible on WinXP Pro.
Start >> Run
"syskey" (without the quotes)
Opens the "Securing the Windows XP Account Database" window.
Click on the radio button by "Password Startup"
Enter a password that will be memorable by you but not easily guessable (birthday, name, etc.) NOTE: do NOT forget this password.
Click on OK, followed by OK again.
Restart your computer. Now it should ask for a password before you see the Welcome to Windows (or Win 2k style login screen, depending on your settings). Enter the password you entered earlier, and then log into Windows as normal.
Edited by rmurphy, 18 November 2005 - 12:23 AM.