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Welcome Screen Appears After Your Computer Has Been Idle

Support for Windows XP has ended

Microsoft ended support for Windows XP on April 8, 2014. This change has affected your software updates and security options. Learn what this means for you and how to stay protected.

SYMPTOMS
After your computer has been idle for a while, the Windows XP Welcome screen may appear. When this occurs, you may be prompted to select an account with which to log on.
CAUSE
This behavior may occur if either of the following conditions exist:
  • The "On resume, display Welcome Screen" feature is turned on.
  • Your computer is configured to prompt you to type a password when you resume from standby.
RESOLUTION
To change this behavior, use one or both of the following methods.

Method 1

Turn off the "On resume, display Welcome Screen" feature:
  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Display.
  2. Click the Screen Saver tab, click to clear the On Resume, display Welcome screen check box.

Method 2

Configure your computer to not prompt you to type a password when you resume from standby:
  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Power Options.
  2. On the Advanced tab, click to clear the Prompt for password when computer resumes from standby check box, and then click OK.
STATUS
This behavior is by design.
Properties

Article ID: 810607 - Last Review: 12/12/2002 20:56:34 - Revision: 1.2

  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • kbui kbprb KB810607
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