Simple Technique For Enabling Auto Logon In Windows XP
Windows Vista allows you to make configurations to enable automatic logon with the help of a user interface so that you don’t have to enter any password to logon to the desktop every time you start your PC. Windows XP also possesses a similar feature using which you can configure automatic logon in non-domain computers.
If a Windows XP system has just one user account created on it, it will automatically logon to the desktop once it boots up. However, if there is more than one account defined on the system for different applications usage like web server, .NET Framework, VMWare Server 2.0 web console, FTP account etc., Windows XP does not automatically logon to the desktop.
Instead, XP will display a Ctrl-Alt-Del dialog box or Welcome Screen so that you can select one of the user accounts to logon. Nevertheless, you may set the auto logon feature so that your PC starts and uses the predefined or preset user account to login automatically.
However you need to note that, though setting automatic logon is convenient, it is not completely secure. Once configured for auto logon, anyone who is able to gain access to your system physically can access everything on your system, including any network to which it is connected.
Apart from this, the login password remains saved and stored in the system registry which can be easily read by anyone who is able to access the PC. The system can also be accessed remotely by members of Authenticated Users group.
You need to use the below mentioned steps to set auto logon feature in your Windows XP system.
- Click on the “Start” button to view the Start Menu. Select “Run” to open the run command box.
- Type in “control userpasswords2” and click on “OK” button.
- A window appears with the title “User Accounts”. You need to uncheck or deselect the option that forces the user to enter username and password to logon to the PC. Then click on “Apply” button.
- You will see a dialog box with the title “Automatically Log On”. Within the text box for “Password”, type in the Administrator password. Retype the password within the “Confirm Password” text box.
- By default, the text box corresponding to “User name” will be auto filled as “Administrator”. Administrator account in XP is the super user account which does not have any password by default. You may change the username to a different user account as per your preference.
- Click on the “OK” button to close the dialog box “Automatically Log On”. Now, click on “OK” to exit “User Accounts” window.
The same trick can be used in Windows Vista to open the “Advanced User Accounts” dialog box.
Windows 7 – Simple Steps To Enable Auto Login
If you wish to logon to a user account without entering username and password in your Windows 7, you need to enable a feature known as “Auto Login”. You might wish to enable this feature if you are a single user on the system and you have not created other user profiles. Once you activate this Auto login feature in your Windows 7 system, it will automatically get you logged on to your desktop.
Follow the below mentioned procedure to activate or enable Auto Login in your Windows 7 system.
- Open the “Run” command window by pressing (Win + R) keys.
- Type in “control userpasswords2” within the “Run” command box and press Enter.
- A window will open with the title “User Accounts” with the list of user accounts under the tab “Users”.
- You need to select and highlight the user account in which you wish to auto login and then uncheck the checkbox with the option that prompts you to enter username and password in order to use the computer.
- Click on the “OK” button and then on the “Apply” button to save the settings.
Now restart your PC. You will notice that Windows will automatically get you logged on without asking for username and password.
Login To Windows XP Automatically Without A Password
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Just follow the steps mentioned below:
1. Click on Start button and select “RUN”
2. A run box appears. Type “control userpasswords2” into the box.
3. You will now see a box “User Accounts”. You need to choose the user for which you would like to allow automatic login. Also, you have to uncheck the box that reads “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer”. Click on “OK” button.
4. Another box with the title “Automatically Log on” appears. Now type the password in the box.
5. Click “OK”.
Login To Windows 7 Automatically Without A Password
This article is part of auto logon to windows series.
The process to enable auto login / logon in Windows 7 same as that for Windows Vista. The steps are as follows:
1. Click on Start button and choose “RUN”
2. Type “netplwiz” into the run box that appears
3. A box appears with the title “User Accounts”. Choose the user for which you would like to allow automatic login and also uncheck the box that reads “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer”. Click “OK”.
4. Type the user password in the “Automatically Log on” box that appears (this step is optional).
5. Click on “OK” button.
If you are a Windows XP or Windows Vista or a Windows 7 user, you must have noticed that whenever you try to enter into your Windows, you are greeted with a welcome page which prompts you to enter your admin or users password. Entering the correct password is necessary to log on to Windows. This procedure is specially introduced to ensure security and privacy of your data.
Many of us find this process to be a bit annoying or irritating, especially when you are the only one who accesses the system. If you did not know, there is a way to avoid it. Windows offers an option of personalizing your computer to allow automatic login to Windows, with no need to enter a password.
The following links (will open in new window), will teach you how you can auto login to your system:
1> Auto login / logon to Windows XP.
2> Auto login / logon to Windows Vista.
3> Auto login / logon to Windows 7.
After you have made the above mentioned settings, Windows will allow you to enter into your user account without prompting you to type any password.