Windows 2000 Automatically Log On

by Johannes Helmig [Published on 3 June 2001 / Last Updated on 3 June 2001]

To keep up the security, Users have to identify themselves during the Log-on process by
entering their username (and optional a password).

But if you are the only person having access and using the system (like at home) or if the system runs an automatic process without any user-control, you like the system to bootup (for example after a power-lost situation) without the requirement to press the Ctrl-Alt-DEL and entering your username, you like the boot process to continue immediately bringing up the desktop, starting up any program in the "Start-Up" program-folder ( as possible on Windows 95/98 and Windows NT4 with TweakUI (or a manual Registry setting).

Windows 2000 offers this functionality as part of the
"Users and Password" applet in the Control-panel.
By default, user are required to
log on (the famous "ctrl-Alt-Del"
during bootup), as defined by
the checkmark.

To bootup without Log-On screen,
select first the default User Name and
then take off the Checkmark.

But this is NOT the "unsecure"
Windows95/98, because even
if you allow such a bootup
without the identification of a
user via the Logon-process,
Windows 2000 ensures a minimum
level of security:

On selecting OK:
You are prompted to define
the default username (uses by
default the select user of the
previous window) and passsword
to bypass the Logon- window.

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The Author — Johannes Helmig

Dr.Johannes Helmig is working as Director, Technical Knowledge Management in the Belgium office of Gerber Technology where he is involved in Customer Service and internal training, with special interest in Networking.


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