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Windows start up - Removing the log on screen

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Windows start up - Removing the log on screen

Normally, when a Windows machine is switched on, the user gets the login screen first.  You may want to remove this so that when the computer is turned on, then Windows loads and automatically displays your Repeat Signage Presentation or Play list  instead.  Please remember that this has security implications, especially if your computer is on a network, so please consult your IT department first.  

First you will need to open the User Accounts screen.  To do this:

Windows XP - Click on 'Start' then 'Run ...' then type in control userpasswords2 and click on OK.  This will open the Windows User Accounts screen.

Windows Vista - Click on the Windows Start button (the start orb in the bottom left corner of the screen).  In the 'Start Search' box that appears just above the start orb, type in control userpasswords2 and press return.  This will open the Windows User Accounts screen.

Windows 7 - Click on the Windows Start button (the start orb in the bottom left corner of the screen).  In the 'Start Search' box that appears just above the start orb, type in netplwiz and press return.  This will open the Windows User Accounts screen.   (You can also press the Windows key + R, then on the Run dialog type in control userpasswords2 and press return).

Windows 8/8.1 - On your keyboard, press the Windows key + R, then on the Run dialog type netplwiz and press return.

Windows 10 - On your keyboard, press the Windows key + R, then on the Run dialog type netplwiz and press return.

The User Accounts screen will show you a list of users for your machine.  When you disable the Windows logon screen what you are doing it getting the machine to automatically logon Windows with a particular user account and password.  Select the user account that you would like to log on automatically with, then take the tick out of the check box called 'Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer', then click on the Apply button.  Windows will then require the account's password in order to finish.

If you need to put the logon screen back, then open up the Windows User Accounts screen as per the instructions above, and the put the tick back in the box called 'Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer' and click on the Apply button.


Windows 8 - Removing the Start Screen

We have an additional problem with Windows 8 in that when you boot the computer, you end up at the Start Screen rather than at the Windows Desktop where Repeat Signage is running.  To get around this, we are recommending the use of Class Shell which is free software downloadable from:

http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/

This puts the missing Windows Start bar back into place and also when Windows starts it goes directly to the Windows Desktop which then displays Repeat Signage. 


Disabling screen savers and monitor standby mode

When playing presentations, Repeat Signage automatically disables the Windows Screen Saver and Windows Power Management (which turns off screens after a specified time).  There is a 'Disable screen saver and power management' tick box on the Player tab of System Settings.  To access System Settings, on the main Repeat Signage screen, click on 'File' and then 'Settings'.

If you have problems with this automatic system, then you can manually Disable Windows screen saver and monitor standby.


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