Helpful Hint: Make Windows Log On Automatically RRS feed

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  • As I run Windows 7 in virtual machines, all protected by the UI log on / lock capabilities of my host system, I sought a way to have my Windows VMs log on automatically when I start them up.

    The following works great for the task, and doesn't require any registry hacking:

    1.  Run the program netplwiz (you can type netplwiz in the Start button search box, then click on it).

    2.  Highlight your username and uncheck [ ] Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.

    3.  Hit OK.  You will be prompted for a User name and Password to be used to automatically log on the system when it is booted.

    While I don't recommend doing this unless you've carefully thought through the security implications of making this change, it can be very useful for:

    A.  Virtual machines you'd like to boot all the way up and become ready to use after you power them on.

    B.  Any computer that has to start up and run a user interface without intervention.

    Thursday, December 17, 2009 2:44 AM