- IMPORTANT INFORMATION -
This feature is provided as a convenience, and may be a security risk. If you set a computer for automatic logon, any person who can physically obtain access to the computer can gain access to all the computer's contents, including any networks it is connected to. Additionally, when automatic logon is turned on, the password is stored in the registry in plain text. Appropriate steps should be taken to lock down the computer and network access the Resource or Room account has rights to.

Enabling Windows Automatic Login for Windows 8.1 or earlier
  • Run Regedit.exe using an Administrator account
  • Navigate to: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\”
  • Set or create the following (replace <value> with the appropriate value):
AutoAdminLogon (String)   : 1
DefaultDomainName (String): <Domain Name>
DefaultUserName (String)  : <User Name>
DefaultPassword (String)  : <Password>
ForceAutoLogon (DWORD)    : 1

ForceUnlockLogon (DWORD)  : 1

  • If the AutoLogonCount (DWORD) entry exists, delete it.
  • Restart and verify automatic login was successful.

Enabling Windows Automatic Logon for Windows 10 or later

  1. Right click on Start and select Run, type Netplwiz and then press Enter key.
  2. In the resulting User Accounts dialog, select your user account first and then uncheck the option labelled Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer. Click Apply button to see Automatically sign in box.
  3. In the Automatically sign in dialog, type your password and then re-enter the password to confirm the same.
  4. Click on OK to save the changes.
  5. Restart your PC to see your Windows 10 automatically logging into your account without asking you to enter the password.


Disabling or changing the account used for Windows Automatic Login

To temporarily bypass the automatic login process in order to log on as a different user:
  • Press and hold the SHIFT key after you log off, or as Windows restarts.

To revert back to the standard Windows Logon screen:
  • Run Regedit.exe using an Administrator account
  • Navigate to: “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\”
  • Set or create the following (replace <value> with the appropriate value):

AutoAdminLogon (String)   : 0

ForceAutoLogon (DWORD)    : 0

ForceUnlockLogon (DWORD)  : 0

  • Restart and verify automatic login was disabled successfully, and you now see the standard Windows Logon screen.


See also:
  • For Windows 8.1 or earlier - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Turn-on-automatic-logon