Win XP Pro can't type into password boxes on login page


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Robert M Jones

Win XP Pro, latest updates. One Admin account, 2 user accounts
Dell Dimension 4400 bought second hand, with Dell OEM version of XP Pro
which I installed, along with new Dell sourced memory (1GB), and
including Dell drivers etc. at time I set it all up. No other problems
encountered.
Sunbelt VIPRE antivirus, ZoneAlarm free firewall, Secunia update
adviser, OpenOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird. Updates carried out regularly.
Defraggler, CCleaner used to keep it tidy.

When I log out of one XP account back to the login screen, the login
password boxes for the 3 accounts don't show a cursor and won't accept
text input. So I have to restart the machine at which point the password
boxes work again. Till next time.

Machine is set to start screen saver if left, requires login password to
get back into the XP account.

Many thanks in advance.
 
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Robert M Jones said:
Win XP Pro, latest updates. One Admin account, 2 user accounts
Dell Dimension 4400 bought second hand, with Dell OEM version of XP
Pro which I installed, along with new Dell sourced memory (1GB), and
including Dell drivers etc. at time I set it all up. No other problems
encountered.
Sunbelt VIPRE antivirus, ZoneAlarm free firewall, Secunia update
adviser, OpenOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird. Updates carried out
regularly.
Defraggler, CCleaner used to keep it tidy.

When I log out of one XP account back to the login screen, the login
password boxes for the 3 accounts don't show a cursor and won't accept
text input. So I have to restart the machine at which point the
password boxes work again. Till next time.

Machine is set to start screen saver if left, requires login password
to get back into the XP account.

Many thanks in advance.

You're using the Welcome Screen (and probably also Fast User Switching).
It's a bug that came along with some updates. It will not happen every
time you log on...there is some kind of count invloved but I've
forgotton what it is. If you need to use the Welcome Screen rather than
the old classic log-on dialog, you will have to use the workaround:

Press CTRL+ALT+DEL two times while the Welcome screen is displayed. That
is, press all three keys at the same time, release all three keys, and
then press the three keys again.

Type your account name in the User name box.

Type your password in the Password box.

Click OK.

You cannot type your password in the "Welcome" logon screen in Windows
XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917556

If you don't need to use Fast User Switching, turn off the Welcome
Screen and use classic log-on:

Microsoft Windows XP - Turn the Welcome screen on or off
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...n-us/ua_logon_at_welcome_page_w.mspx?mfr=true
 
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Robert M Jones

You're using the Welcome Screen (and probably also Fast User Switching).
It's a bug that came along with some updates. It will not happen every
time you log on...there is some kind of count invloved but I've
forgotton what it is. If you need to use the Welcome Screen rather than
the old classic log-on dialog, you will have to use the workaround:

Press CTRL+ALT+DEL two times while the Welcome screen is displayed. That
is, press all three keys at the same time, release all three keys, and
then press the three keys again.

Type your account name in the User name box.

Type your password in the Password box.

Click OK.

You cannot type your password in the "Welcome" logon screen in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/917556

If you don't need to use Fast User Switching, turn off the Welcome
Screen and use classic log-on:

Microsoft Windows XP - Turn the Welcome screen on or off
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/...n-us/ua_logon_at_welcome_page_w.mspx?mfr=true

Brilliant - thanks.
"That will do nicely".
 

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