One of the
main benefits to using Windows 2000 Professional is the security it provides,
both locally and for shared network resources. To ensure security, Windows
requires that you have a valid user account either on the local computer, in
the computer’s domain, or in a trusted domain.

When only
one person uses the computer and security is not really an issue, however,
logging on can be an annoyance rather than a real security measure. In that
situation you might want to turn on automatic logon. With automatic logon
enabled, Windows automatically logs on at system startup using the account and
password that you specify. The desktop appears at startup rather than the logon
dialog, the same behavior seen in Windows 9x when no network client is

To configure
the system to log on automatically:

  1. Open the Users And
    Passwords object in the Control Panel.
  2. On the Users page, disable the option
    Users Must Enter A User Name And Password To Use This
  3. Click OK and specify the user name and password that it will use to
    automatically log on at startup in the resulting dialog box.

If you later want
to turn off automatic logon, just open the Users And
Passwords object and re-enable the check box.

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