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  1. #1

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    Startup Programs

    Hello Everyone

    I have a laptop with windows 8 pro on it.

    There are three problems that I need help with.

    First of all I am not the only user of my laptop so I need to make different accounts (user accounts), I understand how to do this from previous windows versions but windows 8 insists on having a password for the new accounts Ive made. I do not want to create a password on any secondary accounts I create because they will be used by people with very little computer knowledge and I want to make things as easy as possible for them (a limited account with no password). Also on my own user account I want administrator rights and a password (I have no problem in creating the administrator password protected account).

    Secondly, the startup/shutdown of windows 8 does not show me the logon screen as in windows 7, etc. Although the person with the limited account will primarily be using the computer, occasionally I would like to log into my account and make a few changes, browse the internet etc.

    Thirdly, when the limited account starts I do not want any programs to run (no skype, no Microsoft Outlook or anything)- I want windows 8 to start at the metro screen. Totally different for the administrator account, I want it to autostart Microsoft Outlook, skype and maybe a few other programs and start in the desktop (windows 7 style) and I do miss the start button - how do I get it back?

    Last edited by nickynoo; 30 May 2013 at 07:55.

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  2. #2

    Posts : 22,577
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Nick, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    By default, Windows 8 will automatically sign in to the last user account that signed out at startup if that user account doesn't have a password. If that user account does have a password, you will see the sign in screen instead. To stop an account without a password from being auto signed in like this, you could use either option below.

    Sign in - Show All Users or Last User in Windows 8


    Create a password for all accounts

    You can enable or disable any startup programs you like.
    If you only want a Start button, then you could "Pin to taskbar" the Start screen shortcut in the tutorial below and drag it to the left for that.
    If you are wanting the old Start Menu and button back, then you could use an option in the tutorial below for this.

    Hope this helps,
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