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Wed
12
Apr
Dennis Faas's picture

Remove / Disable Windows XP Welcome Screen

Gazette Reader Thora P. writes: " Dear Dennis, I used to start my PC and go get my coffee; when I returned a few moments later, my PC would be ready to go. After installing the .NET Framework (so I could download your news feeds using RSS), I am now ... prompted for my user name and password at the Windows XP Welcome Screen. In other words, Windows doesn't log me into the desktop straight away like it once did. I would prefer not to have the XP Welcome Screen. Can you help? " My response: Great question. I noticed this too after installing .NET framework. Apparently .NET creates a new user ... (view more)

Wed
11
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

Modify Program Files Path?, Part 3

Ikara from Australia writes: " Thanks, Dennis! I have been reading your [recent] descriptions and explanations [about disk imaging, partitioning, and installing to another drive letter] with interest. I can understand [the reason for wanting to ... install an application to another drive letter, especially in the case of disk imaging] ... but some installation procedures ... [won't let] me to decide [where to install my files]. The last [program I tried installing] ... was MusicMatch Media Player, [and] it gave me absolutely no choice at all [as to where the files were to be installed], ... (view more)

Wed
11
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

Modify Program Files Path?, Part 2

Recall: Almost all applications (downloaded off the Internet / run from CD) need to be installed onto Windows using a program installer (commonly known as Setup.exe). In most cases, the program setup will attempt to install a program to the base ... folder C:\program files\. Yesterday, I asked Readers if it was possible to change the Windows default program installation folder to something other than C:\program files\. Rodger D. and many other users recommended using TweakUI to perform such a task: " Microsoft's TweakUI program [http link below] is able to change the default program ... (view more)

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