Recently my windows XP (SP2) login screen is replaced by a dialog box at startup.I want to get the old login screen back. I don't know how it was modified but i guess technical representative from the broadband company messed up with something in network settings and somehow i'm getting prompt instead of login screen.

I want to get the old login screen instead of that ugly dialog box. is there anyway to fix this ?

  • Why are you still running SP2?!!? – Shinrai Mar 31 '11 at 22:41
  • @Shinrai, One of my old software(local language converter) is having issues with SP3, so rolled back to SP2. – ryuken Mar 31 '11 at 22:57

1.) Control Panel > Users > Change the way users log on or off, see if "use welcome screen" and "use fast user switching is ticked, if not ticked, tick them.

Note: If both choices are not available to be ticked, the PC is part of a Domain and you cannot change this behavior.

If the PC is part of a Domain or you only have the Administrator account to log into (no regular user account) fast user switching cannot be enabled, or the control userpasswords setting is ticked, see #2

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2.) If that does not get it back or they are already ticked, then open a run command, type in "control userpasswords2" without the quotes, if the box at the top is ticked, Untick it and hit OK .

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Open the Control Panel and go to User Accounts. Select Change the way users log on or off. Turn on Use the Welcome screen. You might also want to re-enable Fast User Switching if you use that, as well.

Windows XP User Accounts logon options

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