Enable/Disable Login Prompt for Windows XP

Having a password on a machine is recommended if your computer may be around people you don’t want accessing your data. Environments such as a small or home office you may be trusting enough to go without requiring a password.┬áIf you want to enable or disable the prompt to type a username and password to get into Windows you can follow these steps.

1. Click Start and select Run.

2. Type control userpasswords2

3. Select the user you would like to use every time you login.

4. Uncheck or the box that says Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer to disable password screen and allow Windows to automatically login and bring users to the main screen. Check the box to enable username and password protection.


  1. Shy says

    Ok…I guess I am dense. If you need a password to log into windows in the first place…there is no way to get to the run command !!!

  2. xlrator says

    if you are locked out, press f8 to boot into safe mode to put it back. dont buy a new laptop just yet.

  3. helper says

    Remember to click on the user you want to be able to log-on as before unchecking the box. Otherwise, it will default to the first user, which is usually the Administrator. If you don’t choose the correct user, it will give you the error Alex got above. To get back into your computer, just type in your regular username/password.

  4. Alex says

    this did not help, it ruined my laptop, now i cant login at all, it displays an error message that says : Unable to log on because of an Account Restriction …

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