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Automatic Logon for Novell Netware Clients (All Windows)
These settings allow you to configure the Novell NetWare client to automatically logon to a Windows network.

Automatic Logon to Windows 95, 98 and Me (Windows 95/98/Me) Popular
This setting allows Windows clients to automatically logon without entering a user name or password, therefore bypassing the logon box.

Automatic Logon to Windows NT, 2000 and XP (Windows NT/2000/XP) Popular
Windows includes a feature that allows you to configure the computer to automatically logon to the network, bypassing the Winlogon dialog box.

Enable Shutdown from Authentication Dialog Box (Windows NT/2000/XP)
When this setting is enabled a [Shutdown] button is displayed in authentication dialog box when the system first starts. This allows you to shutdown a system without logging in. The button is shown by default on a workstation and removed on a server installation.

Hide the Welcome Screen (Windows 2000)
This setting hides the welcome screen that is normally displayed each time the user logs on to Windows 2000 or XP Professional.

Change the Login Window (Windows XP)
This setting controls which type of logon screen is shown, either the classic Windows NT/2000 format or the Windows XP welcome screen.

Allow Fast User Switching (Windows XP)
Fast user switching allows you to quickly switch to another user account without having to close any programs. This setting controls whether fast user switching is available.

Enable Monitor Power-off on the Logon Screen (All Windows)
Normally Windows will not automatically turn off the monitor if the system is waiting at the logon screen. This setting can be used to cause the monitor to be powered-down when not in use as per the default power-saving profile.

Disable Passport Balloon Reminder (Windows XP)
When you install Windows XP a balloon reminder is shown to prompt you to enter a Microsoft .NET Passport. This reminder can be disabled if you are not using Passport or MSN Messenger.

Change the Logon Screen Wallpaper (All Windows) Popular
When you setup a background wallpaper for your desktop, the initial logon screen wallpaper is not changed and stays as the default Windows appearance. This tweak allows you to change the default wallpaper.

Hide the Last User Name (All Windows) Popular
This setting can be used to blank the username box on the logon screen. This will prevent people that are logging on from knowing the last user to access the system.

Limit the Number of Automatic Logins (Windows NT/2000/XP)
This setting is used to limit the number of automatic logins, once the limit has been reached the auto logon feature will be disabled and the system will display the standard authentication box.

Modify the Number of Cached Logins (Windows NT/2000/XP)
This value controls the number of allowable cached login attempts when the network domain controller is unavailable.

Legal Notice Dialog Box Before Logon (All Windows) Popular
Use these fields to create a dialog box that will be presented to any user before logging onto the system. This is useful where you are required by law to warn people that it is illegal to attempt to logon without being an authorized user.

Change the Default Logon Screen Saver (Windows NT/2000/XP)
Windows has a default screen saver which is shown over the login screen even when no screen saver has been selected. These settings allow you to configure the default login screen saver.

Customize the Windows Logon and Security Dialog Title (Windows NT/2000/XP) Popular
This setting allows you to add additional text to the title of the standard Windows Logon and Windows Security dialog boxes.

Show Administrator on the Welcome Screen (Windows XP Professional)
When logging into Windows the Administrator account is not normally available on the Welcome screen. This tweak adds it to the Welcome screen and allows you to login like a normal account.

Change the Logon Screen Background Color (All Windows) Popular
When you change the color scheme and appearance of your desktop it does not change the background color of the logon screen to match. This tweak allows you to change that color as well.

Display Domain Logon Confirmation (Windows 95/98/Me)
When this option is enabled, a popup dialog message is shown when the user successfully authenticates with a Windows domain.

Force the Use of Automatic Logon (Windows 2000/XP) Popular
Normally when a Windows machine is configured to automatically logon to a specified account users can bypass this and enter alternate account information. This tweak forces the machine to auto logon and to ignore any bypass attempts.

Disable the Auto Logon Shift Override Feature (Windows NT/2000/XP)
When using the automatic login feature it is possible for a user to hold the Shift key to bypass the login sequence and enter a username and password. This feature disables the ability to override the function.

Show Options on Logon Dialog Box (Windows NT/2000/XP)
This setting controls whether the options to enter a domain or to log on using a dial-up connection are shown on the Windows logon box.

Use Active Authentication for Unlock and Screen Saver (Windows NT/2000/XP)
This setting controls whether a full login should be performed when a workstation is unlocked or a password is used with the screen saver. Normally Windows will not check some settings such as whether the account has been locked out.

Disable the Unread Mail Message on the Welcome Screen (Windows XP)
This setting can be used to remove the message on the Windows Welcome screen showing the number of unread e-mails.

Hide Usernames from the Logon Screen (Windows XP)
This tweak can be used to hide specific usernames from the logon screen, without removing the account completely.

Use the Classic Login Interface (Windows XP)
Windows XP includes a new log on interface to streamline the login process and display user profile information. In some circumstances the old Windows NT/2000 interface may be required in which case you can still access it using this key combination.

Command Line Option to Reboot or Log Off Windows (Windows 95/98/Me) Popular
This command allows you to create a shortcut or execute from a batch file a Windows DLL that will bypass the standard Start Menu method of shutdown and initiate a Log Off, Shutdown or Restart.

Start Windows Without Prompting for a Password (Windows 95/98/Me) Popular
Does Windows prompt you for a password every time you boot up even though you're the only one using the PC? Follow these instructions to make Windows automatically start up without prompting you for a password.

Force Users to Logon to Windows (Windows 95/98/Me) Popular
Usually users can simply press 'Cancel' at the Windows logon box to bypass the login process and gain access to the local computer. This tweak will logout the user if the authentication fails or the user clicks Cancel.

Time-out for User Profile Dialog Boxes (Windows NT/2000)
When the user is presented with a dialog box requesting User Profile information, this specifies the amount of time in seconds before the dialog box is closed and the default is accepted. The default value is 30 seconds.

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