Windows Welcome Screen: Locked & Logged On. How to Skip


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Monica

I'm the only user of my laptop. No kids at home and hubby is computer
challenged :)
When I turn on my Win 7 laptop and before I can get into Windows, there is a
blue screen, icon in the middle and my name below it. Sometimes below my
name it will say "locked" and "switch user" is below that. All I have to do
is click on the icon and I'm in Windows. Sometimes instead of "locked", it
says Monica "logged on". Again, I just click on the icon to enter Windows.
I didn't create any password (and I'm not asked for one) and there are no
other accounts on this computer. Can I bypass this screen so the computer
can just go straight into Windows without any input from me? The answer has
GOT to be staring me in the face but I'm not finding it.
Thanks,
Monica
 
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Unk

I'm the only user of my laptop. No kids at home and hubby is computer
challenged :)
When I turn on my Win 7 laptop and before I can get into Windows, there is a
blue screen, icon in the middle and my name below it. Sometimes below my
name it will say "locked" and "switch user" is below that. All I have to do
is click on the icon and I'm in Windows. Sometimes instead of "locked", it
says Monica "logged on". Again, I just click on the icon to enter Windows.
I didn't create any password (and I'm not asked for one) and there are no
other accounts on this computer. Can I bypass this screen so the computer
can just go straight into Windows without any input from me? The answer has
GOT to be staring me in the face but I'm not finding it.
Thanks,
Monica
You didn't turn OFF your laptop. You probably just closed the lid and that put it into the sleep
mode. Pressing the ON button wakes the computer up and resumes where you left off.
Change the Power settings in the Control Panel to turn off the laptop when you close the lid.

Unk
 
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Paul

Monica said:
I'm the only user of my laptop. No kids at home and hubby is computer
challenged :)
When I turn on my Win 7 laptop and before I can get into Windows, there
is a blue screen, icon in the middle and my name below it. Sometimes
below my name it will say "locked" and "switch user" is below that. All
I have to do is click on the icon and I'm in Windows. Sometimes instead
of "locked", it says Monica "logged on". Again, I just click on the
icon to enter Windows. I didn't create any password (and I'm not asked
for one) and there are no other accounts on this computer. Can I
bypass this screen so the computer can just go straight into Windows
without any input from me? The answer has GOT to be staring me in the
face but I'm not finding it.
Thanks,
Monica
The sevenforums site is filled with recipes. I don't know
if this'll do exactly what you want, but it's close.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/377-log-automatically-startup.html

Paul
 
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Gordon

and there are no other accounts on this computer.
Do NOT use Windows 7 with only ONE user account. In Windows 7, the built-in
Administrator account is disabled by default and although it is possible to
enable it, that process may be beyond what you feel comfortable with.
WHEN, and not IF,you have problems accessing your ONE user account, you
will have tremendous difficulty if you only have ONE use account.

You need to forget anything to do with XP, and create a User Account with
Administrator privileges, (call it Admin or similar) and give it a
password. Keep this account for emergency access and for elevation purposes
only. Then change your User account to a Standard User account.(There is
absolutely no need to run as an administrator on a daily basis in Windows 7
- Windows 7 has the "right-click-run as administrator" function for when
you need admin privileges). You will be much safer and better protected
doing this.
 
Z

z

Do NOT use Windows 7 with only ONE user account. In Windows 7, the built-in
Administrator account is disabled by default and although it is possible to
enable it, that process may be beyond what you feel comfortable with.
WHEN, and not IF,you have problems accessing your ONE user account, you
will have tremendous difficulty if you only have ONE use account.

You need to forget anything to do with XP, and create a User Account with
Administrator privileges, (call it Admin or similar) and give it a
password. Keep this account for emergency access and for elevation purposes
only. Then change your User account to a Standard User account.(There is
absolutely no need to run as an administrator on a daily basis in Windows 7
- Windows 7 has the "right-click-run as administrator" function for when
you need admin privileges). You will be much safer and better protected
doing this.
Isn't this a typical shallow and condescending Microsoft response.

He didn't answer the question you asked, and then implied you were to
stupid to run you own laptop without creating user accounts. God I hate
Microsoft.
 
J

J. P. Gilliver (John)

Gordon said:
and there are no other accounts on this computer.
Do NOT use Windows 7 with only ONE user account. In Windows 7, the built-in []
only. Then change your User account to a Standard User account.(There is
absolutely no need to run as an administrator on a daily basis in Windows 7
- Windows 7 has the "right-click-run as administrator" function for when
you need admin privileges). You will be much safer and better protected
doing this.
If she does as you suggest, is there any way she can do what she wishes
(bypass the login screen) for normal use, though?
 
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Gordon

Isn't this a typical shallow and condescending Microsoft response.

He didn't answer the question you asked, and then implied you were to
stupid to run you own laptop without creating user accounts. God I hate
Microsoft.
READ MY REPLY.
There are myriad posts in the MS Answers forums where users have only ONE
user account on their computer and get locked out, either by forgetting
passwords, or other circumstances.
Nowhere in my reply did I imply that the user could run a computer without
setting up a user account. My concern is that the OP only has ONE user
account on the computer hence my reply in order to prevent heartache in the
future.
And I am nothing to do with MS per se - I am just an ordinary person whose
contributions to the MS forums in terms of answering questions has been
recognised .

I suggest you engage brain before hitting keyboard.
 
G

Gordon

Can I bypass this screen so the computer can just go straight into Windows without any input from me? The answer has
You can certainly do so but it's not recommended if anyone COULD have
casual physical access to your computer and you have sensitive data that
you might not want them to see.

Click Start, type control userpasswords2 in the Run box & click OK.
- From the User Accounts window, uncheck the "users must enter a user name
& password to use this computer" box & click OK.

- Enter & confirm the password for the applicable user account & click OK.
 
G

Gordon

Gordon said:
and there are no other accounts on this computer.
Do NOT use Windows 7 with only ONE user account. In Windows 7, the built-in []
only. Then change your User account to a Standard User account.(There is
absolutely no need to run as an administrator on a daily basis in Windows 7
- Windows 7 has the "right-click-run as administrator" function for when
you need admin privileges). You will be much safer and better protected
doing this.
If she does as you suggest, is there any way she can do what she wishes
(bypass the login screen) for normal use, though?
There certainly is, although it's not really recommended, especially if
other people could have casual physical access to the computer and from
whom the OP might want to keep sensitive data.
See my other response to the OP
 
M

mechanic

You can certainly do so but it's not recommended if anyone COULD
have casual physical access to your computer and you have
sensitive data that you might not want them to see.
What about encrypting the data?
 
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mechanic

And I am nothing to do with MS per se - I am just an ordinary
person whose contributions to the MS forums in terms of answering
questions has been recognised .

I suggest you engage brain before hitting keyboard.
Maybe your sig file implies a certain amount of brainwashing has
taken place?
 
G

Gordon

Maybe your sig file implies a certain amount of brainwashing has
taken place?
Not at all. This IS a Windows forum.
I also am a registered Linux user and registered Ubuntu user...
 
D

Donzee

"Monica" wrote in message
I'm the only user of my laptop. No kids at home and hubby is computer
challenged :)
When I turn on my Win 7 laptop and before I can get into Windows,
there is a
blue screen, icon in the middle and my name below it. Sometimes below
my
name it will say "locked" and "switch user" is below that. All I have
to do
is click on the icon and I'm in Windows. Sometimes instead of
"locked", it
says Monica "logged on". Again, I just click on the icon to enter
Windows.
I didn't create any password (and I'm not asked for one) and there are
no
other accounts on this computer. Can I bypass this screen so the
computer
can just go straight into Windows without any input from me? The
answer has
GOT to be staring me in the face but I'm not finding it.
Thanks,
Monica

***********************************************************************

Look here: Might work.

1. Go to Control Panel

2. Click "Personalization"

3. On the bottom right hand corner say "Screen Saver." Click
Screen Saver.

4. In the Screen Saver window between the "Screen Saver" name
and Power Management area is "Wait" blank then "minutes".

To the right of "minutes" is a block that says "On
resume, display logon screen."

5. If the "On resume, display logon screen" box is check
uncheck it.

6. Click "OK" Your done
 
M

Monica

Unk, I rarely turn the laptop "off". I'll either just shut the lid or put
it in hibernate so I can resume where I left off (mostly in case I have FF
windows open.


"Unk" wrote in message
I'm the only user of my laptop. No kids at home and hubby is computer
challenged :)
When I turn on my Win 7 laptop and before I can get into Windows, there is
a
blue screen, icon in the middle and my name below it. Sometimes below my
name it will say "locked" and "switch user" is below that. All I have to
do
is click on the icon and I'm in Windows. Sometimes instead of "locked", it
says Monica "logged on". Again, I just click on the icon to enter Windows.
I didn't create any password (and I'm not asked for one) and there are no
other accounts on this computer. Can I bypass this screen so the computer
can just go straight into Windows without any input from me? The answer
has
GOT to be staring me in the face but I'm not finding it.
Thanks,
Monica
You didn't turn OFF your laptop. You probably just closed the lid and that
put it into the sleep
mode. Pressing the ON button wakes the computer up and resumes where you
left off.
Change the Power settings in the Control Panel to turn off the laptop when
you close the lid.

Unk
 
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Monica

I think that's the same thread I landed on in the Seven's forum when I was
trying to find the answer myself. In the Control Panel, under User Accts,
the only acct is me (Monica) Administrator. I purposely chose no password
when I set up the computer. I'll reread this. It wasn't make sense to me
last night.

"Paul" wrote in message
I'm the only user of my laptop. No kids at home and hubby is computer
challenged :)
The sevenforums site is filled with recipes. I don't know
if this'll do exactly what you want, but it's close.

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/377-log-automatically-startup.html

Paul
 
M

Monica

Well it seems that I only have one acct and that's the Admin acct. The
welcome screen will say Monica (locked) and I just click on the icon. If I
use the Switch User option, the screen says Monica (logged on).
Why would I not feel comfortable using the Admin acct exclusively?
Or....maybe I do have two accts. Under the Control Panel/User Accts, it
shows Dellbert/Administrator. Delbert is the name of my Dell laptop.
When in User Accts and I click on "manage another acct" there are two
choices...Dellbert/Admin and Guest acct (turned off) Seems so complicated
for such a simple request (pass the log on screen)
"Gordon" wrote in message

Isn't this a typical shallow and condescending Microsoft response.

He didn't answer the question you asked, and then implied you were to
stupid to run you own laptop without creating user accounts. God I hate
Microsoft.
READ MY REPLY.
There are myriad posts in the MS Answers forums where users have only ONE
user account on their computer and get locked out, either by forgetting
passwords, or other circumstances.
Nowhere in my reply did I imply that the user could run a computer without
setting up a user account. My concern is that the OP only has ONE user
account on the computer hence my reply in order to prevent heartache in the
future.
And I am nothing to do with MS per se - I am just an ordinary person whose
contributions to the MS forums in terms of answering questions has been
recognised .

I suggest you engage brain before hitting keyboard.
 
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Monica

Disregard my last coment. I've got the laptop in front of me, closed and
the keyboard to the desktop on top while USING the desktop.
User Accts on the LAPTOP does NOT say Dellbert, it says Monica. There is
still no other acct on the laptop. Just myself and Guest acct, which is
off.

"Monica" wrote in message


Well it seems that I only have one acct and that's the Admin acct. The
welcome screen will say Monica (locked) and I just click on the icon. If I
use the Switch User option, the screen says Monica (logged on).
Why would I not feel comfortable using the Admin acct exclusively?
Or....maybe I do have two accts. Under the Control Panel/User Accts, it
shows Dellbert/Administrator. Delbert is the name of my Dell laptop.
When in User Accts and I click on "manage another acct" there are two
choices...Dellbert/Admin and Guest acct (turned off) Seems so complicated
for such a simple request (pass the log on screen)
"Gordon" wrote in message

Isn't this a typical shallow and condescending Microsoft response.

He didn't answer the question you asked, and then implied you were to
stupid to run you own laptop without creating user accounts. God I hate
Microsoft.
READ MY REPLY.
There are myriad posts in the MS Answers forums where users have only ONE
user account on their computer and get locked out, either by forgetting
passwords, or other circumstances.
Nowhere in my reply did I imply that the user could run a computer without
setting up a user account. My concern is that the OP only has ONE user
account on the computer hence my reply in order to prevent heartache in the
future.
And I am nothing to do with MS per se - I am just an ordinary person whose
contributions to the MS forums in terms of answering questions has been
recognised .

I suggest you engage brain before hitting keyboard.
 
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Monica

When I enter "control userpasswords2" (minus the quotes), all it pulls up
is this conversation. Separating the words you've put together didn't work
either.

Manually navigating to the User Accts, I don't see "uncheck the "users must
enter a user name & password to use this computer". I've checked under all
the different
options in the User Accts box. Perhaps it's not there because I never added
a password.

"Gordon" wrote in message

Can I bypass this screen so the computer can just go straight into
Windows without any input from me? The answer has
You can certainly do so but it's not recommended if anyone COULD have
casual physical access to your computer and you have sensitive data that
you might not want them to see.

Click Start, type control userpasswords2 in the Run box & click OK.
- From the User Accounts window, uncheck the "users must enter a user name
& password to use this computer" box & click OK.

- Enter & confirm the password for the applicable user account & click OK.
 

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