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Windows 7: Fresh install coming, I want no profiles, boot straight to desktop

03 Sep 2013   #1

7 pro 64
Fresh install coming, I want no profiles, boot straight to desktop

Have parts coming for a new computer build.

Will be installing on a Samsung pro ssd. I own a retail version of windows 7 bought via Microsoft direct download and they latr mailed me a DVD.

Anyway, under my current install it boots up to a screen with my computer name, Main, and an Admin profile. I generally choose Main and it continues to load the desktop and I am ready to go.

I don't want this. I want to push the button and it goes straight to the desktop. I don't need profiles as I am generally the only one tht uses the pc.

How do I do this when I make my fresh install when my parts come in?

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04 Sep 2013   #2

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Welcome to the Seven Forums.

You will always have at least one user profile... below are 3 ways to not see the log on screen.

Option 1:
If you only create one user account/profile with no password during the installation process, then you should not see the log on screen during boot up... but that is not the best way to operate.

Option 2:
You can assign that 1st user account a password (since it is admin) & then:
Create a second user account/profile with no password...
...make that 2nd account a standard user
...hide the 1st account from the log on screen.

Option 3:
Assign a password to the 1st user account.
Assign a different password to the 2nd user account.
Optional step: Hide the 1st account (it is admin).
Have that 2nd account automatically log on.

It is probably best to use option 3 and hide the admin account. Always use the 2nd (standard account) for day to day use. When prompted for admin rights, enter the info from the 1st account.
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04 Sep 2013   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1

I used Option One above and it takes me to the Desktop.
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04 Sep 2013   #4

W7 Pro SP1 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
I used Option One above and it takes me to the Desktop.
As you know, that means that you are using the computer as an admin for day to day usage*. And (depending on your UAC settings) drive-by** infections might silently run with admin rights.

*To be clear, I do this too (but with a password).
I also run with the UAC all the way up.
I setup most users to use a standard account.

**I've never seen one... and I've looked.
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05 Sep 2013   #5
Microsoft MVP


I set up all of my installs as the Admin which is all that is offered during a Win7 install. This is because the installer assumes the person installing is the owner or acting on his behalf, so should have full Admin rights.

There's only a few users here who I have suggested only run as Standard, because it becomes tedious and annoying to have to ask yourself for a permission password to change anything. UAC already alerts you when anything is trying to do this, yourself included.
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 Fresh install coming, I want no profiles, boot straight to desktop

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