One of the pillars of the Windows Vista operating system is security. Vista comes with the User Account Control (UAC) system, a firewall, malware protection, antispyware, phishing filters, automatic updates, and of course a logon procedure that requires a user account and a password. All this security is tremendous and it gives you peace of mind knowing that you're system is protected when surfing the Internet.
However, what if you're the only one who ever uses your Windows Vista system in your home? Have you ever wished that there was a way that you could bypass Windows Vista's logon procedure and get right to work? There is a way that you can accomplish this task with a hidden tool called the Advanced User Accounts Control Panel.
In this edition of the Windows Vista Report, I'll show you how to access and use the Advanced User Accounts Control Panel to bypass Windows Vista's logon procedure and essentially configure Vista to automatically log you on when you turn on your system.
Accessing the hidden toolTo access the hidden Advanced User Accounts Control Panel, click the Start button, type "Control Userpasswords2" in the Start Search box, as shown in Figure A, and press [Enter]. When you do, you'll encounter a UAC dialog box and will need to respond accordingly.
To access the hidden Advanced User Accounts Control Panel, you'll type Control Userpasswords2 in the Start Search box.In a moment, you'll see the Advanced User Accounts Control Panel, as shown in Figure B. (As you can see, the dialog box is simply titled User Accounts.)
The dialog box for the Advanced User Accounts Control Panel is simply titled User Accounts.
Configuring the automatic log onTo configure the automatic log on, select your user name in the Users For This Computer list, if it isn't already selected. Then clear the Users Must Enter A User Name And Password To Use This Computer check box. When you do so, your Advanced User Accounts Control Panel will look like the one in Figure C. To continue, click OK.
Once you clear the Users Must Enter A User Name And Password To Use This Computer check box, the Users For This Computer list becomes unavailable.As the last step in configuring the automatic log on, you'll see the Automatically Log On dialog box, shown in Figure D, and will need to type your password in both the Password and Confirm Password text boxes. To complete the operation, click OK.
You'll be prompted to type your password in the Automatically Log On dialog box.
To test your Automatic log on, simply restart your computer. When you do, Windows Vista should automatically log you on.
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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.