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Removing the Password Requirement from Windows XP

If you don't enter a username/password when your computer boots into Windows XP, then follow the steps below before you set up a scheduled task.

Windows XP Pro

  1. Click on the "Start" button, then click "Control Panel"
  2. Click on "Administrative Tools" (possibly under "System and Maintenance"), then "Local Security Policy"
  3. Click on "Local Policies" then "Security Options"
  4. Double-click this line: "Accounts: Limit local account use of blank passwords to console logon only"
  5. This is enabled by default, select "Disable" to disable it
  6. Click "OK" then close the "Local Security Settings" window

Windows XP Home

  1. Click on the "Start" button, then click "Run"
  2. In the Run box, type:  regedit
  3. On the left panel, double-click "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE", then "SYSTEM", then "CurrentControlSet", then "Control", then "Lsa"
  4. Double-click on "limitblankpassworduse"
  5. In the "Value data" box, change it from 1 to 0 and click "OK"
  6. Close the "Registry Editor" window