12 July, 2010

XP Welcome Screen and Fast User Switching

Windows XP ProI was testing a new network connection from my cable modem since it is supposedly free. And I'm not that very familiar with this task, I know a bit of it here and there. I happen to install a network driver, and what happened next is something that I did not want: the login screen was changed, and it was asking now for a password.

I had a problem, since that computer was used primarily by my kids...

I searched the web, and for a time and a season it seems, I did not find what I was looking for - how to restore the XP Welcome Screen and the Fast User Switching function.

All that is being thrown up is either disabling the login screen or restoring it - which is not what I want.

What I was looking for is help on how to remove the now-unwanted login screen that asks for a password, when there isn't, and restore the Welcome Screen and Fast User Switching function.

I stopped searching. Tried the next day, and still failed to get an answer. Some search results seem to be a promise, but the moment you click on the link, you are 'offered' a trial membership, blah-blah-blah. I'd close that page immediately!

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition FULL VERSION with SP2The third day, I think I got the answer.I tried typing for NetWare and XP login screen, but what it should be is "Welcome Screen and Fast User Switching" search text. That is what gave me the help I needed.

So I was able to fix the problem with the following steps:

1. Go to Settings, if you have it, then Control Panel.
2. Click on Network Connections.
3. Right-click on every network connection that you have, then on Properties.
4. Perform an uninstall for Client Services for Netware.

When this is done, go back to Control Panel.
1. Click on User Accounts.
2. Tick, as per your choice, the two options:
a. Use the Welcome Screen
b. use Fast User Switching
3. Click on Apply Options.

And we're all set!

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