Enable / disable Welcome screen

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To Enable/disable the Welcome screen, you can use one of the following two methods. You can either change it through the control panel from the ""Start" button on your Windows operating system or by changing the values in the registry of the system and changing the values of the Log on type. To change it from the Control Panel, just go to User Accounts and select options in Change the ways users log on or off; uncheck Use the Welcome Screen, and confirm by selecting OK. The opposite needs to be done to enable the Windows Welcome screen. In the system registry change the values of the DWORD that represents the Welcome screen login.


This tip allows you to disable the display of the login screen (Welcome), and use the classic login screen. It only works for Windows 2000 and XP.

Using the Control Panel


Go to Control Panel > User Accounts.
Click "Change the way users log on or off."
Uncheck "Use the Welcome Screen" and click OK.
You will notice the change as soon as you close your session.

To reactivate the modern login screen, select "Use the Welcome screen."

Through the registry


For this, a modification of the registry is necessary. It is recommended to save it.
Go to Start> Run.
Type regedit and click OK.
Locate the key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon


Double click on the DWORD value LogonType and change its value to 0 to disable the Welcome screen or to 1 to reactivate it.
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