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 widely recognized expert on Windows administration, networking, and security. He has been repeatedly awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) status by Microsoft for his outstanding contributions in supporting users who deploy and use Microsoft platforms, products and solutions. Mitch has published over two hundred articles on different IT websites and magazines, and he has written or contributed to almost two dozen books and is lead author for the Windows 7 Resource Kit from Microsoft Press. For more information, see www.mtit.com .

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