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I found this in a few different places around the 'net - hopefully it's helpful:

Automatically Log On a User Account in Windows XP

This article describes how to automatically log on a user account during the Windows startup process.

Note: This process only works if the computer is not joined to a domain.


  • The Welcome screen must be available.
  • Guest account access must be turned off.
  • There must be only one user account on the computer.
  • The user account must not have a password.

Make the Welcome Screen Available To make the Welcome screen available:

  • Click Start > Control Panel > User Accounts.
  • Click Change the way users log on or off.
  • Click to select the Use the Welcome screen for fast and easy logon check box.
  • Click OK.

Turn Off Guest Account Access To turn off Guest account access:

  • Click Start > Control Panel > User Accounts.
  • Click the Guest account.
  • Click Turn off Guest access.

Remove the Password from a User Account To remove the password from a user account:

  • Click Start > Control Panel > User Accounts.
  • Click the user account.
  • Click Remove my password.
  • Type the password in the Type your current password box, and then click Remove Password.
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