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Fully Automatic Bootup/log-on Possible?


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#1 MickinPlymouthUK

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 01:35 AM

I'm WinXPHome/ AOL and just wonder if there's a way to make the computer boot up and log on automatically from switch-on right through to the AOL welcome screen?
At the moment I switch on, then have to wait a while and then click the 'Owner' option, then twiddle my thumbs waiting for the Desktop to come up, then I have to double-click the AOL icon, more twiddling, then have to click the sign-on screen, and after more twiddling the welcome screen at last comes up about 6 minutes after switching on the PC.
See my point? I have to hang around the PC and do three mouse clicks at intervals to keep the bootup/logon process going, oh for the joy of being able to simply switch on, go have a cup of tea in the kitchen for 6 minutes, then come back to find the AOL welcome screen waiting for me.. :)
I've searched the Win XP and AOL options but can find nothing that'll streamline things, any suggestions?

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Posted 30 April 2007 - 04:47 AM

Hi MickinPlymouthUK.
See this article for auto logon settings.
As for the 6 minute boot time, that's rather long. :thumbsup:

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Posted 03 May 2007 - 01:06 AM

Okay thanks for the advice which I followed, I set XP to auto-log just fine and it takes me to the AOL sign-on screen, but I still have to manually log on to AOL from there.
Infuriatingly. I set the AOL auto-start options to 'Automatically start AOL" but it doesn't work, I still have to do it manually.
I got onto AOL Help about it and they told me to try setting the auto-start again which I did, but no joy, it still wants me to do it manually.
Is there some technical reason I might have overlooked?

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Posted 03 May 2007 - 01:21 AM

For it to take that long to start up i'd be thinking it might have some spyware/adware or viruses that are running in the background. Try doing a full search for both, i am unsure of where to find a decent free spyware scanner, but someone else here should. Also maybe a registry scanner to repair reg errors to speed it up a bit. I dont know where you would find a trustworthy one of those either though. As for the AOL, that auto start option just starts the AOL program, you still have to log on, which it sounds like its doing. I don't think you can set it to automatically log on without someone coding something to execute the logon function.

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Posted 04 May 2007 - 11:41 PM

I would suggest uninstalling AOL and then reinstalling a freshly downloaded copy (in case the previous installation was corrupted in some way).

If that doesn't work, then I'd suggest looking around the web for AOL removal tools (to remove all reference to AOL from your system) and then trying the reinstall.
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