How to log into Windows automatically

Often on Kiosk or TV computers you'd want to skip the Windows authentication screen and log in automatically.

This is how to do it:

1. Allowing login without a password

  • Click start, type netplwiz, and press Enter
  • In the User Accounts dialog box, click the account you want to automatically log on to. If it is available, uncheck the 'Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer' check box.
  • Click OK.
  • In the 'Automatically log on' dialog box, enter the user’s password twice and click OK

2. Set up the username and password in the registry

  • Click Start, and then click Run. (or ctrl+e)
  • In the Open box, type Regedt32.exe, and then press Enter.
  • Locate the following subkey in the registry:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
  • Double-click the DefaultUserName entry, type your user name, and then click OK.
  • Double-click the DefaultPassword entry, type your password, and then click OK.

Note: If the DefaultPassword value does not exist, it must be added. To add the value, follow these steps:

  • On the Edit menu, click New, and then point to String Value.
  • Type DefaultPassword, and then press Enter.
  • Double-click DefaultPassword.
  • In the Edit String dialog, type your password and then click OK.

Note: If no DefaultPassword string is specified, Windows automatically changes the value of the AutoAdminLogon key from 1 (true) to 0 (false), disabling the AutoAdminLogon feature.

  • On the Edit menu, click New, and then point to String Value.
  • Type AutoAdminLogon, and then press Enter.
  • Double-click AutoAdminLogon.
  • In the Edit String dialog box, type 1 and then click OK.
  • Exit Registry Editor.

This is it! Now this PC should log in automatically every morning.


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