Turning on Autologon

by Mitch Tulloch [Published on 1 Feb. 2006 / Last Updated on 1 Feb. 2006]

A simple way of enabling autologon and when you might want to use it.

Here's a simple way of turning on autologon on an XP machine:

1. Click Start, then Run, type control userpasswords2 and click OK.

2. Deselect the checkbox labeled "Users must enter a user name and password for this computer" and click OK.

You could use this for example on a kiosk machine that displays Internet Explorer full screen to let people browse the web and check their webmail. Don't use this on a standard desktop machine however as it makes for a pretty big security loophole on your network.

Mitch Tulloch

The Author — Mitch Tulloch

Mitch Tulloch is a well-known expert on Windows Server administration and cloud computing technologies. He has published over a thousand articles on information technology topics and has written, contributed to or been series editor for over 50 books.

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