JSI Tip 8088. After you install .NET Framework 1.1 on Windows XP, the Welcome screen appears and prompts you to select your user name?

When you restart after installing .NET Framework 1.1(+), the Welcome screen appears, even though you created only one local account, which does not have a password.

This behavior occurs because .NET Framework 1.1(+) creates a hidden ASPNET account, which Windows treats as a local account.

To workaround this behavior:

1. On the Welcome screen, press your user name to start your desktop.

2. Copy/Paste the following into Notepad and save it as ASPNET.reg.


\[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList\]

3. Right-click the ASPNET.reg file and Merge it with your registry, or run regedit /s ASPNET.reg.

4. The next time you restart Windows XP, you desktop will appear.

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