Feb 18

So, you are wanting to setup your Windows boxes so that they automatically login to Windows when you boot them up. Although this is not the best thing to do for obvious security reasons, there are times that people need to setup Windows to automatically login. One specific example is the following, you work in a quality assurance department and you have several hundred Windows boxes ranging from Windows XP to Windows 7 to Windows Server versions and they are all running in a lab. It would take forever to login to each Windows computer or virtual machine. And it would save you valuable time, mouse movements, and keystrokes, if you could set them all up to automatically login for you. If for a reason similar to the one just mentioned or if you just don’t care about security and you want all of your Windows boxes to automatically login for you, then you’ve come to the right place. Just follow the directions below and you will be automatically logging into Windows machines in no time:

I have tested this method and it works on the following Windows operating systems:

Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008

1.) Go to “Start” -> “Run” -> “Notepad.exe” and type the following into your notepad document:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
“DefaultUserName”=”username” ###NOTE: Where username is your Windows username you want to automatically login with.###
“DefaultPassword”=”password” ###NOTE: Where password is your Windows username’s password you want to automatically login with.###

2.) Now save this document as “AutoLogin.reg“.

3.) Now all that you need to do is to Double-Click the file “Autologin.reg” and answer yes to the prompts. Depending on what versions of Windows that you run this on, you should get a prompt similar to the following:

Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer?

4.) Click the “Yes” button.

5.) You should then see “Are you sure you want to continue?

6.) Click the “Yes” button again.

7.) You should now see “The keys and values contained in C:\AutoLogin.reg have been successfully added to the registry.

8.) Reboot. When you Windows computer restarts, it should automatically login for you.

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