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How do I set a bootup password on XP?

I am running XP Pro on a desktop. Is there any way I can set a password so that when the system is trying to boot up the user is prompted for a password? I know there is a password in the (CMOS) setup, but what setting would do what I need?

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How about the logon password? If you aren't seeing the logon password, configure Windows XP to prompt for one: Click Start, Control Panel and then double-click User Accounts. Click Change the Way Users Log On or Off. Then select the Use the Welcome Screen for Fast and Easy Logon check box. If you want to prompt for a password before Windows XP starts, I don't have a solution.

This was first published in July 2003

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