Windows Auto Login. How to configure.
Modified on: Tue, 15 Feb, 2022 at 8:23 AM
- 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 Logon for Windows 10 or later
Download and Run Microsoft Sysinternals Auto Logon tool
Follow the directions as provided by Microsoft on the linked page.
Note: The Auto Logon tool caches the user password in a section of the registry not directly accessible by the the user account.
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) : 0ForceUnlockLogon (DWORD) : 0
- Restart and verify automatic login was disabled successfully, and you now see the standard Windows Logon screen
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