Windows 2000 Pro Autologon
Last updated: 1/30/02
Q. How does one automate the Windows 2000 Pro
logon when Windows boots-up?
A. Click Start, Settings, Control
Panel, Users and Passwords, uncheck Users must enter
a user name and password to use this computer, and click the Apply button. This
results in a message box in which to enter the default user and password
that will be automatically logged in. Fill-in the info and click OK. To
change the default user, check the box, click the Apply button,
check the box again, and click Apply...
Note: If you still want users to login, but want
to eliminate the requirement to press Ctrl-Alt-Del to get the logon
prompt, that can be done in the Advanced Tab of the Users and Passwords window.
If the computer logs into a Windows NT Server or 2000 Server
domain, click Start, Run, and enter regedit. In regedit, click Help, Search, enter
export, and follow the instructions for making a backup of the Windows
registry by exporting it to a text file. Another, and perhaps better alternative
is to simply make a new Emergency
Repair Disk and opting to save the registry. Next, expand the
registry tree by clicking + signs to:
Enter your domain name, account name, and password in DefaultDomainName, DefaultUserName,
and DefaultPassword, using the values you would normally type when
logging in. If values do not exist, you may add them with Edit, New, String
Value, OK. Double-click the new String Value in the right window
pane, and enter the password, etc. in the Value data box. The
data type should be displayed as "REG-SZ." Quite regedit
and restart Windows.
WARNING: Anyone with physical access to the computer
will then be able to logon automatically to the domain and will have all
of the capabilities afforded by the domain controller to the user specified
by the registry entries.
Ref: MSKB Q234562 (simply type "mskb q234562" without
the "" in the Internet Explorer Address box to access the article).
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