Multiple Configurations using the Password Screen.

Do you find yourself constantly swapping your computer backward and forward between two or more different configurations? Maybe you need a higher resolution for one or two particular programs to run and prefer to use a lower resolution the rest of the time or maybe you have lots of children's programs that insist on 256 colour mode.

Constantly having to switch the configuration around can be annoying and there is always the possibility of leaving out a step and not getting things set up the way that you expected. Well there is a way that you can set up multiple configurations on your computer and select which one you want when you boot the system. To do it we make use of the Logon or Password screen.

What we are going to do is to create two or more logon names that you can use when you start up your computer and assign a different configuration to each. You can then get the configuration set the way that you want by logging on using the appropriate logon.

We need to start by activating the password screen so that it will appear when you start the computer. To do this all you need to do is:

  1. Open the Control Panel
  2. Open the Passwords program
  3. Select the User Profiles tab and select the User can Customize option
  4. Select both of the check boxes at the bottom of that panel and press OK
  5. Reboot the computer

Now when the computer starts up, the password screen will appear. Now all you need to do is to log on once for each configuration that you want to create. For each one enter a descriptive name for the configuration that you intend to create as the logon name. Leave the password field blank since we are only using this option to select between multiple configurations and a blank password is easier to remember. Once logged on under a given configuration name you change the configuration of the system to match that you want to come up using that name. Once you have done this, log off from that name and repeat the process for each of the other configurations that you want to create.

Once you have done this, you can select the configuration that you want simply by typing the appropriate name into the logon field (remembering to leave the password blank) and the computer will come up pre configured to the configuration that you requested. To change configurations, you simply log off of the current configuration and log on to the new one.

You can create additional configurations at any time simply by logging on using a new configuration name and configuring it.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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