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Automatic logon for Windows XP (TTID #417)

Author: TACKtech Team   Views: 6,353 /  Created: November 11, 2005
Set a computer running Microsoft Windows XP Professional or XP Home to automatically log on. This bypasses the Welcome screen and logon window.

Note: Enabling the auto logon feature on a PC will allows other users to start the computer and use the account that is set to automatically log on. It is not recommended using auto logon on publicly accessible computers or portables as it poses a security risk.

Launch RegEdit.

Add the following information into the registry:
(substitute your username and password)

Registry Editor
Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
Value Name: DefaultUserName
Data Type: REG_SZ
Value: username
Value Name: DefaultPassword
Data Type: REG_SZ
Value: password
Value Name: AutoAdminLogon
Data Type: REG_SZ
Value: 1

WARNING: Use the information provided at your own risk. Always backup your system prior to modifying the registry. Serious problems may occur that require you to reinstall your operating system. We cannot guarantee that problems resulting from modifications to the registry can be solved.

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