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Make Windows XP and Vista log on automatically

These are 2 method for Windows XP and Vista respectively to make the OS login automatically into your predefined account. This might be useful for your personal laptop or desktop so that the Windows would stop during its start-up routine just to ask you to enter password or for you to just click “Enter” (in case you never set the password).

Windows XP

  1. Go to Start> Run or Just press both the “Windows key+ R” to launch the Run command.
  2. Type “control userpasswords2”
  3. Uncheck “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.”
  4. Windows then will ask you to provide the preferred user name and password for the account that you want Windows to log on automatically.
  5. Enter your user name and password.
  6. Reboot
  7. Windows should log on automatically to your preferred account.
User Accounts

User Accounts

Windows Vista

  1. Go to Start> Run or Just press both the “Windows key+ R” to launch the Run command.
  2. Type “netplwiz”
  3. This command will load the Advanced User Accounts control panel.
  4. In the Users tab, uncheck the box next to Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.
  5. Click on the Apply button at the bottom of the User Accounts window.
  6. When the Automatically Log On dialog box appears, enter your password in the two fields where it’s asked and then click OK.
  7. Click OK on the User Accounts window to complete the process.


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26/04/2009 Posted by | Windows XP troubleshootings | | Leave a comment

First Time I have Hard Drive Failure

Yesterday, I went to Low Yatt Plaza to send my less than a year 500GB Maxtor SATA HDD for repair (or one-to-one exchange since Maxtor provides a generous 3 years one-one exchange as shown on the sticker on the HDD). The Maxtor HDD is used together with another Seagate Barracuda 500GB under RAID 1 configuration for my DNS-323 NAS.

For several months, I noticed why one of the blue light keep on blinking which means it is trying to write something on the disk forever. Realizing something is not right, I bought SATA/IDE to USB HDD connector. Using that device I then connected both HDD one after another to my Windows XP Professional desktop. Before that, I have this freeware, Ext2fsd on my desktop which enable Windows to read Linux Ext2 file system.

SATA/IDE to USB connector

SATA/IDE to USB connector

When the Seagate HDD was connected, I could have access (read/write) on the disk successfully. But Maxtor really failed. It is not recognized at all by Windows. I further troubleshoot by connecting both HDD directly to SATA controller on my Desktop (The motherboard has generous 6 SATA controllers!). The result is expected, Seagate is instantly recognized but the Maxtor took forever and never successfuly been recognized by BIOS.

So, that was how the Maxtor end up to Low Yatt Plaza and the sale rep said it will take 3-4 weeks. So right now, I have to run my DNS-323 with a single HDD. So no torrent for me for now. I do not want to risk all my data in case this Seagate fails as well.

26/04/2009 Posted by | DNS-323, Networking | | Leave a comment