Windows AutoLogon

To use Registry Editor (Regedt32.exe) to turn on automatic logon, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.
  2. In the Open box, type Regedt32.exe, and then press ENTER.
  3. Locate the following subkey in the registry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsNTCurrentVersionWinlogon

  1. Double-click the DefaultUserName entry, type your user name, and then click OK.
  2. Double-click the DefaultPassword entry, type your password, and then click OK.NOTE: If the DefaultPasswordvalue does not exist, it must be added. To add the value, follow these steps:
    1. On the Edit menu, click New, and then point to String Value.
    2. Type DefaultPassword, and then press ENTER.
    3. Double-click DefaultPassword.
    4. In the Edit String dialog, type your password and then click OK.

NOTE: If no DefaultPassword string is specified, Windows automatically changes the value of the AutoAdminLogon key from 1 (true) to 0 (false), disabling the AutoAdminLogon feature.

  1. On the Edit menu, click New, and then point to String Value.
  2. Type AutoAdminLogon, and then press ENTER.
  3. Double-click AutoAdminLogon.
  4. In the Edit String dialog box, type 1 and then click OK.
  5. Quit Registry Editor.
  6. Click Start, click Shutdown, and then type a reason in the Comment text box.
  7. Click OK to turn off your computer.
  8. Restart your computer. You can now log on automatically.

NOTE: To bypass the AutoAdminLogon process, and to log on as a different user, hold down the SHIFT key after you log off or after Windows restarts

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