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Win2K Pro -- Don't want password

By NIMBY ·
Although we use Win2K Pro, we have a situation where its' security features or functions are not required at all.

Is there a method of (absolutely) disabling the security and/or password requirement in Win2K Pro? ... I don't mean entering/caching a space, a 1111 or 1234 as a password,etc., (they could be changed by a user and could result in an accidental or deliberate lockout), but an actual elimination or a very clean workaround of the requirement for any password at all. Specifically, one account with administrator privileges (or no accounts) and no password is the goal. The simpler the better, but even a registry hack would be absolutely great!

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by voldar In reply to Win2K Pro -- Don't want p ...

What workstation are you talking about? A stand alone or a network client?
If it's about a standalone, there is no problem to make that workstation to start in administrator mode, without the need of using a password. If it is a network client, well, I don't think you can do that (no password at all) because it's a AD user, but you can always set up a user with administrator rights in AD, set his password to none, and to set the option "the password never expires" and "user cannot change the password" (I don't remember if the last one is really necessary, I tend to think it is not). That's it. The user will never be able to change the password from it's computer unless he access the AD, but I think it is not the case for you.

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by Q2Ggirl In reply to Win2K Pro -- Don't want p ...

Use TweakUI and under the logon tab, put in whatever you want the workstation to log in as. You can also set it where it will automatically log in as the username.

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by briantruitt In reply to Win2K Pro -- Don't want p ...

If you are in a Workgroup, the easiest way is to go to the Control Panel, then Users & Computers, and there should be a little box saying "Users must enter a username and password blah, blah, blah". Just uncheck that box and it shouldn't prompt you for a password anymore when you log on.

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by omie In reply to Win2K Pro -- Don't want p ...

I think you just need to enable auto logon . You could read this article from Microsoft.com knowledge base Q234562.
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;234562&Product=win2000

There you will be able to tweak your registry by not prompting you for username and password when you boot up .
If it is standalone create a user that doesn't have administrative rights and corresponding password then enter that in the registry as stated in the article Q234562.
If it is networked you could use an account that could logon to the network and corresponding network. Again it is not advisable to have computer and username without a password. It is a security risk and I think autologon is your best option if you are lazy to type username and password.

Goodluck

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