How do I enable AutoLogon?

A. The easiest way is to install TWEAKUI, and goto the Network Tab and just fill in the boxes. It can be done manually through the registry by following the instructions below:

  1. Start regedit.exe (Start - Run - regedit)
  2. Open the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Winlogon
  3. Double click the DefaultDomainName and fill in your domain name
  4. Double click the DefaultUserName and fill in login name
  5. From Edit menu select New String Value, and enter DefaultPassword as name of value
  6. Double click the DefaultPassword and enter in the password
  7. From Edit menu select New String Value, and enter AutoAdminLogon as name of value
  8. Double click the AutoAdminLogon and set the value to the number 1
  9. Close regedit
  10. Logoff and you will be automatically logged in again

You should also make sure DontDisplayLastUserName (also under the WinLogon key) is set to 0.

The instructions above should only be done by someone who is happy with using the registry editor. Below is an example reg file that could be used:

REGEDIT4

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

"DefaultUserName"="User"
"DefaultDomainName"="Domain"
"AutoAdminLogon"="1"
"DefaultPassword"="Password"

It is also possible using a program called autolog.exe that comes with the resource kit. Just run the executable and you will be able to fill in the information.

To logon as a different user you need to hold down the shift key as you logoff.

You will have to use regedit32.exe to disable write permissions to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Winlogon" if you want to be able to logoff and login as another user but still have the "original" user as the autologon.

  1. Start regedt32.exe
  2. Move to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\Current Version\Winlogon
  3. Select Winlogon
  4. From the Security menu select Permissions and adjust so write permission is removed for normal users.

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