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    Laugh at me, then help ;)

    Ok, her's my dilemma.

    I was playing around with my registry on my XP pro machine. I wanted to make the accounts names invisible, so I added my user account to the registry under HKEY_LOCALMACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/WINlogon/SpecialAccounts /Userlist. This is where windows records which accounts will be invisible.

    Well, it worked, but there was a problem - I didnt turn off the Welcome Screen feature, the one that causes all available user accounts to be displayed as icons and lets the user choose them by clicking on the icon.

    So, when I rebooted, I got the welcome screen, but no accounts were there for me to click on . In other words, Im locked out of my own system.

    *waits for laughter to die down*

    Now, I couldjust reinstall and be done with it, but where's the fun in that?


    Any idea how I can get back into my machine without a reinstall?

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    push ctrl+alt+del two times them write username and login
    // too far away outside of limit

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    well, that seems easy enough, Ill do that tonight, thanks

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    Once you get into the computer, go into control panel, user accounts and click on change the way users logon. I don't remember the exact wording... you may have to disable fast user switching too.

    That will give a login box prompting users to put in user id and password.

    Its been a while since I've messed with xp home... as soon as I join my PCs to the domain, it is automatically switched.
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    cool, its Xp pro Im using, but Im not ona domain - yet. Once I get this resolved Ill set up my 2k3 server and see what else i can break

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    Once I get this resolved Ill set up my 2k3 server and see what else i can break
    I like your attitude !
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    Once I get this resolved Ill set up my 2k3 server and see what else i can break
    Breaking it is the easy bit.... Fixing it is harder....

    But I agree... The attitude is a good one.
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    Thumbs up Green

    Originally posted here by Razorwind23
    cool, its Xp pro Im using, but Im not ona domain - yet. Once I get this resolved Ill set up my 2k3 server and see what else i can break
    Greenies from me 2! If only we all could have this outlook on things.......


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    I would try and Offline registry editor such as
    http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/

    It lets you boot from a CD or floppy and edit your regisrty and user accounts.

    Just go back in to your registry and delete what you added, then boot back up and setup Windows for the non welcome screen login, and then thrown down your registry hack.

    Cheers
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    I too appreciate your outlook.

    One word of advice when messing with the registry keepy a backup copy, actually when messing with anything keep a backup copy.


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