Password Prompt on Startup

Discussion in 'iMac' started by jesterps, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. jesterps macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2009
    I do not know if this is in the write section, but oh well.

    I pressed "option" to switch between drives but it came up that I needed to put in a password. I know the password anyways. Here is what I am getting at, is there any way when I boot my computer it can ask me for the password before getting to the desktop?

  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    I believe you want to disable automatic login to do this:

    System Preferences - Accounts - Login Options - Automatic Login - Disabled

    This will present you with a box where you have to enter your password before you computer will let you in to your account in OS X.
  3. jesterps thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2009

    this is what I am trying to get at when i start my computer. is there a way to configure it like this? this only happens when i switch between hard drives with different OS.
  4. ADent macrumors 6502a

    Sep 9, 2007
    Apparently not with the Apple utility.


    I assume there are some third party utilities out there. Whole disk encryption software such as TruCrypt or PGP will require a password before booting.

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