In one of my previous articles, Make Windows XP Login Automatically (Using Regedit), I described how to prevent Windows from prompting user with the username and password login prompt on boot.
Editing the registry is sometimes tricky and makes folks a little nervous as it can cause all sorts of problems if handled incorrectly and is not that easy to restore or fix.
Luckily, there is a safer and easier method to disable the Windows Login prompt.
To this we must access a hidden User Accounts dialog that you can’t get to from Control Panel.
This HOWTO tells you how to make Windows XP log in automatically and therefore prevent Windows from showing the login window or even from showing the Welcome Screen so you can just switch on, walk away, make tea, come back and see your desktop loaded and ready to go!
Here’s how to do it:
- Click Start > Run
- Type control userpasswords2 > Click OK
- The User Accounts dialog should appear. Uncheck the check box that says Users must enter a username and password to use this computer.
- Click Apply
- The Automatically Log On dialog should appear. Enter the username and password that you would like Windows to log on with automatically and click OK
- Now click OK twice more and restart Windows.
- If you find that it didn’t work for you, you may want to try the alternative method which is to use the Windows Registry Editor as described in this article: Make Windows XP Login Automatically (Using Regedit)
After booting Mac OS X and/or after resuming from Sleep mode your wireless network connection does not connect automatically to your base station.
Your network is listed as a preferred network and is set to connect automatically.
- Wireless network remains disconnected even though all required configuration is correct
- Automatic connection to preferred wireless network does not occur after resuming from sleep mode
- Automatic connection to preferred wireless network does not occur after restarting or clean booting your Mac
- Clicking the Wireless icon in the Finder Menu and selecting your wireless network manually will allow you to connect successfully
This problem can occur when the System Preferences application is moved out of the Applications folder. Console/Event Viewer:
- airportdError: _ACKeychainCopyPassword() expected password for “networkname” not found: -25300 (The specified item could not be found in the keychain.)
- airportdExpected password for “networkname” not found; skipping..
Solution – Fix the Keychain
Step 1 – Delete the offending wireless network from network preferences
- Click the wireless network icon in your menu and select your network
- When prompted, enter the password for the network and place a check mark in ‘Remember this network’.
- Click OK
- Restart your computer to verify that this solution worked
Step 2 – Delete any references to the offending network connection from keychain
- Applications > Utilities > Keychain Access
- Select ‘login’ from the list of Keychains on the left
- On the right panel, sort the list by name and locate the name of the offending wireless network.
- Highlight all items relating to the offending wireless network, right click (CTRL+CLICK) and select ‘Delete X items’
- Click ‘Delete’ in the confirmation dialog prompt and close Keychain Access.
Step 3 – Move ‘System Preferences.app’ to ‘/Applications’
- Locate System Preferences on your system. You can do this by browsing to it through Finder or using Spotlight.
- When you locate it, simply drag it to the Applications folder in the sidebar of your Finder
Step 4 – Re-join the offending network
- Applications > System Preferences > Network > Unlock
- Select your network from the list on the left (Airport if your using an Apple Airport Extreme card)
- Click ‘Advanced…’
- Select the offending wireless network from the list of ‘Preferred Networks’ and click the minus (-) button
- Click OK, enter your password if requested and then click Apply