Cant get WinXP Welcome Screen to work???

May 15, 2010 at 19:33:28
Specs: Windows XP Pro,
For unknown reasons the WinXP Welcome Screen fails to initiate no matter what I try and instead I get the 'Log On To Windows' box in the center of the screen and have tried the following to possibly restore the Welcome Screen;
From Control Panel under User Accounts have both 'Use the Welcome Screen' and 'Use Fast User Switching' enabled.
Have tried the XP_FixLogon and ginadll which both failed to reset the Welcome Screen.
Tried using the WinXP CD Recovery Tool to possibly reset WinXP back to its default using fixmbr, chkdsk r/f/, but to no avail...
Any other ideas how to restore the Welcome Screen short of a format?
Thank you for your time.

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#1
May 15, 2010 at 21:32:23
Did this happen after you installed Net Framework, as that usually causes what you describe. Have you unchecked both fast switching and windows login and restarted the computer and then tried checking them? You could try using TWEAK UI.Exe from Microsoft to reset it, using its start features. If system restore is enabled you could try a restoration point before the problem started.

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#2
May 15, 2010 at 22:09:46
No, to the Net Framework question, Yes to check/uncheck welcome screen/fast switching.
Haven't tried Microsoft TWEAK UI.exe...
Don't use System Restore since its supposedly a resource hog...however wish it wasn't as it might be useful.
So how could Microsoft TWEAK UI.exe help restore the 'Welcome Screen' as I have not used that before?
Thanks.

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#3
May 15, 2010 at 22:22:02
Do you have a Netgear device?

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#4
May 16, 2010 at 07:57:58
It isn't that either...looks like a reformat is in order unfortunately.

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#5
May 16, 2010 at 08:38:32
Frankenstein,
You may want to check out the links below.

http://www.pchell.com/support/welco...

http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts_...

Tufenuf


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#6
May 16, 2010 at 09:01:15
Tried those except for the Microsoft Tweak UI.exe and wasn't sure how to use that to restore the 'Welcome Screen" though.
Thanks.

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#7
May 16, 2010 at 09:14:00
Check out the link below under:

"The "Welcome" Logon Screen Does Not Appear"

http://www.kellys-korner-xp.com/xp_...

Tufenuf


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#8
May 16, 2010 at 09:33:48
Unfortunately have tried these as well with no success...
I would have thought that the Registry edits would have worked and was a bit surprised when they didn't which tells me that its possibly a Registry setting that is wrong or a corrupt key perhaps.
Aren't the Registry keys that control the 'Welcome Screen' located at HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon, not sure what else would prevent it from working, very strange...

UPDATE
Hmm, the other Repair utility(not from the Recovery Console) from the WinXP CD, but after the WinXP License Agreement where you have the option of a fresh install of WinXP or Repair WinXP which seems to have fixed the problem(you must have the WinXP Service Pack 3 CD otherwise you risk losing any previously installed WinXP Service packs). I was under the impression that it would reset Windows to its default settings leaving installed programs or possibly copy over everything as I haven't had to use it before so wasn't accustomed to using it; however everything is intact and the 'Welcome Screen' is back.
Also noticed under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon that AutoAdminLogon is now a key in the Registry and set to 0, however don't remember it being there earlier as I recall looking for it, wonder if that may have contributed to the problem.
And found that implementing the instructions below restored the 'Welcome Screen' as well;
In the registry at the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
and look down the right hand list for: UIHost.
It should show: logonui.exe
if it is not there, right click on an empty spot on the right hand pane, click {NEW}, click on expandable string value, and type the name UIHost in the flashing value name box. Then right click on that entry, click Modify, and in the flashing value data field type logonui.exe and press enter key.
Thanks for the help.


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