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load account in background while waiting for password?

  1. #1


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    load account in background while waiting for password?


    Hello,

    I've checked the stickys and searched and I don't think this has been answered before (it may not be possible).

    There is just one user on my laptop. To maintain security I'd like to keep a password on login. However, as there is only every going to be one user, I'd like windows to load that account in the background while waiting for me to sign in. That way I could turn on the laptop, go make a coffee and when I come back type in the password and start working. At the moment after having signed in there is a good 5 minutes of background progs loading (security software, backup checker, etc etc) before I can get it to do anything useful, like open Chrome.

    Obviously speeding up boot time is a bit of a separate issue, but it wouldn't be a problem for me if I could get it to boot directly to my set up, whilst retaining a password to unlock.

    Many thanks for any suggestions, Jo

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    I can't conceive of that being possible. That would be a serious violation of basic Windows security principles.
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  3. #3


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    You could just lock it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LMiller7 View Post
    I can't conceive of that being possible. That would be a serious violation of basic Windows security principles.
    Thanks LMiller - I don't see why it would be a breach of security principles as you can choose to have Windows boot straight to your desktop without having any security - this would keep the computer secure, but not have to wait to load all the background software.

    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    You could just lock it.
    Could you expand David - do you mean lock it manually after it has booted - I'd rather it was locked on start-up in case the laptop is nicked?

    thanks both
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by jopedder View Post

    Could you expand David - do you mean lock it manually after it has booted - I'd rather it was locked on start-up in case the laptop is nicked?

    thanks both
    I meant lock it manually after it has booted.

    If you fear theft, just use a password to boot up.
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    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64


    You could always type in your password and then go make your coffee. Should be ready when you come back

    You could also disable any autostart jobs you don't require. Go to "start up items" on the task manager and disable anything you are happy to start manually. There may not be anything but it is worth a look.
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load account in background while waiting for password?
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