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How to Automate the Windows 98/Me Logon
Last updated: 8/4/04

Q.  How can I automate the Windows logon when Windows 98/Me boots-up?

A.  If you are logging into a Windows network with a Domain Controller (Windows NT/2000 server, Windows 2000 Pro, Linux, etc.) see How to Automate the Windows 9X/Me Logon to a Windows NT/2000 Network Domain Otherwise, you can use the Windows logon to logon to to just Windows, if you do not have a network, or to both Windows and a peer-to-peer Microsoft network without a domain controller or login requirements.  Boot-up Windows and Logon.  Do not cancel the logon.  Click Start, Settings, Control Panel, Network, Configuration, select Windows Logon, OK.  Do not restart Windows when prompted.  In the Control Panel, Double-click Passwords, Change Passwords tab, Change Windows Password, uncheck the Microsoft Networking check box if present  (if you are also logging into a domain; that is handled elsewhere per above link),  OK, enter your current password in the Old Password box, leave the New Password and Confirm New Password boxes blank, OK, OK.   In the User Profiles tab, select All users of this PC use the same preferences, Close.  This will do it in most cases.  Restart Windows and test.  If Windows prompts for a logon again, you may have to rename the password files.  If you rename the password files all of the passwords Windows has stored for Internet Service Provider, web site, etc. logins may be forgotten.  To rename the password files, click Start, Search or Find, For Files or Folders, enter *.pwl in the Search for files or folders named box, Look in: local hard drives, and change the .pwl extension for each file to .old (I use .dux, so I know I did it).  Restart Windows.  If you still get a logon prompt, it could be because you have TweakUI installed.  You can find TweakUI in the Control Panel and fix it there.

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