Monday, July 7, 2008

Enabling Auto-Logon in Windows Vista

There’s an easy way to configure a specific user account to always log on when starting Vista. If you’re not concerned about anyone else using your computer, or what he might see or access if you got up for a latte after booting your machine, this can help smooth the startup process.

1. From the Start menu, type netplwiz and then launch the application of the same
name. The User Accounts dialog box appears.

2. Uncheck the “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” checkbox, and click Apply.

3. You’ll now see the “Automatically log on” dialog box. From here, type the name of the account and the password for the account for which you want to enable auto-logon.

4. Click OK and then OK again to commit the changes.

To reverse course, just open the same netplwiz application once again and recheck the checkbox.

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