September 2006 Reader Challenge

Solve this month's Windows Client challenge, and you might win a prize! Email your solution (don't use an attachment) to challenge@windowsitpro.com by Sept. 14, 2006. You MUST include your full name, and street mailing address (without that information, we can't send you a prize if you win, so your answer is eliminated, even if it’s correct). I choose winners at random from the pool of correct entries. I’m a sucker for humor and originality, and a cleverly written correct answer gets an extra chance. Because I receive so many entries each month, I can't reply to respondents, and I never respond to a request for a receipt. Look for the solutions to this month's problem at http://www.windowsitpro.com/articles/index.cfm?articleid=93432 on Sept. 15, 2006 or in the October issue of the email newsletter, WinClient Update.

The September 2006 Challenge:

I received an interesting request for help from a reader. Her employer created a peer-to-peer network for the accounting department where she works. Now, the IT administrator has moved all of their computers to the company domain. She shares her Windows XP computer with another user, and she misses the Welcome Screen that made it easy for her and the other user to log on. She doesn’t like having to replace the other user’s name with her name and password every time she wants to use the computer (everyone logs off whenever they leave the computer because the department’s data is so sensitive). She says her IT administrator refuses to make the Welcome Screen available again, so she asked me how to accomplish this change. What did I tell her?

The Answer

The Welcome Screen (also known as the “Friendly User Interface”) is turned off when a Windows XP computer is joined to a domain.