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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:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

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).

Larry

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