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Auto-Login to Windows XP

I have several Windows computers that I use personally with no other users. So I don't bother with passwords on these accounts. Unfortunately, I have scheduled tasks and remote login accounts on these computers that are password protected. When you have multiple users on a Windows XP computer, it automatically takes you to the login screen on boot up. I want to tell the computer to auto-login. Nothing in Control Panel did the trick.

After reading the "How to turn on automatic logon in Windows XP" article, see "Related Links" below, published by Microsoft, I learned that one of the methods to accomplish this is through editing the Windows Registry. Once I succeeded in modifying one computer, I decided to make it easier on myself for the other computers. I created a registry file that does just that; attached below.

You can download the registry file, edit the user name and password lines, and apply it to your Windows XP system to make it auto-login. The password entry could be blank if your account also doesn't have an associated password. Once you double-click the file, Windows XP will ask, "Are you sure you want to add the information in xxxx to the registry?", where xxxx is the file path. Click the "Yes" Button to enable auto-login. The process is complete when you see the following Windows message: "Information in xxxx has been successfully entered into the registry."

Attached File: Enable Auto Login.reg (285 B)

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 22 Jan 2008 02:50:17 +0000

To disable the auto-login functionality, apply the following attached file to your Windows XP system. You don't need to modify this registry script file. It turn auto-login file and blanks the user name and password entry.

Attached File: Disable Auto Login.reg (285 B)

Chieh Cheng
Tue, 22 Jan 2008 02:53:34 +0000

Just tried these registry scripts on Microsoft Windows Vista. They works just as well on Windows Vista as they do on Windows XP.

Chieh Cheng
Sat, 09 Feb 2008 07:14:52 +0000

These scripts works on Windows Fundamentals for Legacy PCs as well. I've just tried them.

Chieh Cheng
Sun, 15 Jun 2008 06:18:14 +0000

Thank you for the reg file! so stupid i need to type a book for this to post...

Tue, 24 Feb 2009 16:35:42 +0000

This registry trick also works on Windows 7. Just tested it!

Chieh Cheng
Thu, 22 Oct 2009 08:27:44 +0000

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