View Full Version : Startup in Win98SE/Win2k - 2 questions

20-12-2005, 07:10 PM
I have two older computers I'm setting up for friends, for Christmas, but I'm having trouble with their startups.

In both cases, I want to have the machines boot straight into Windows without a login prompt.

The first computer is a Win98SE machine - I previously had this networked to my WinXP machine, and had set up a profile for it to connect to my WINXP machine. There's no password, I just press enter to bypass it. But the login is still there, and because I no longer need to network it, how do I get rid of this? From memory - haven't got the computer close to hand to check this out - it's not setup via the Users and Passwords control panel (though I could be wrong.) Is this the only way to remove a login, or is there another way?

The second computer is an ex-work machine running Win2k. It has what I presume typical Win2k security (i.e. pressing escape doesn't work). When I booted it up, the profile was "user" and pressing enter would get you into Windows, but because I also wanted this machine to boot straight into windows without the login, I went into the Control Panel and deleted the "User" profile, and rebooted. Now, the "user" profile is still there, but it wants and password, and ENTER is no longer enough. Now I can't get into Windows to do anything about it. Any ideas (other than a re-install)???



Speedy Gonzales
20-12-2005, 07:30 PM
In 98 search for pwl. If you find any pwl files, delete them.

That'll remove the login. Not sure about 2k, never used it long enough, to see what its got.

20-12-2005, 09:43 PM
Thanks Speedy - the Win98SE machine works.

Now - anyone got any ideas about how to get back into my Win2k machine, or am I going to have to go back to the installation CD? (please - say it ain't so!)


Speedy Gonzales
20-12-2005, 09:49 PM
Hmm has 2k got safe mode?

Have you tried re-creating a profile in safe mode, if you can boot into safe mode?

20-12-2005, 10:12 PM



21-12-2005, 07:21 AM
On the Win2K machine try changing the username to 'administrator' instead of 'user' and see if you can log in.

21-12-2005, 10:11 AM
There's a bootable floppy Linux utility I've used that'll reset just about any Windows administrator password to blank.

I've used it before but I've lost it name.

By the way, if you go this route any encrypted files will be lost, but this is unusual on a home PC.

Here's a couple of possibilities