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Windows 8 Autologin RRS feed

  • Question

  • When we go to "netplwiz", it has an option called "User must enter username and password to use this computer".

    But, once I have joined my windows 8 workstation to domain, I don't see this option anymore.

    Can someone please guide, are there additional settings that preserves above option when we join wks to domain?

    Changing registry would be my second preference until above cannot be configured.

    Thanks, Mrunal

    Friday, April 19, 2013 1:34 AM

Answers

  • Use AutoLogon.exe from Sysinternals instead:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963905.aspx

    Autologon enables you to easily configure Windows’ built-in autologon mechanism. Instead of waiting for a user to enter their name and password, Windows uses the credentials you enter with Autologon, which are encrypted in the Registry, to log on the specified user automatically.

    Just run autologon.exe, fill in the dialog, and hit Enable. To turn off auto-logon, hit Disable. Also, if the shift key is held down before the system performs an autologon, the autologon will be disabled for that logon. You can also pass the username, domain and password as command-line arguments: autologon user domain password



    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    • Proposed as answer by Arthur XieModerator Monday, April 22, 2013 9:36 AM
    • Marked as answer by shahmr Wednesday, April 24, 2013 5:36 AM
    Friday, April 19, 2013 5:42 AM
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  • Use AutoLogon.exe from Sysinternals instead:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963905.aspx

    Autologon enables you to easily configure Windows’ built-in autologon mechanism. Instead of waiting for a user to enter their name and password, Windows uses the credentials you enter with Autologon, which are encrypted in the Registry, to log on the specified user automatically.

    Just run autologon.exe, fill in the dialog, and hit Enable. To turn off auto-logon, hit Disable. Also, if the shift key is held down before the system performs an autologon, the autologon will be disabled for that logon. You can also pass the username, domain and password as command-line arguments: autologon user domain password



    "A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

    • Proposed as answer by Arthur XieModerator Monday, April 22, 2013 9:36 AM
    • Marked as answer by shahmr Wednesday, April 24, 2013 5:36 AM
    Friday, April 19, 2013 5:42 AM
    Answerer
  • yes it solves, its updating registery.

    Although , thats only best solution.

    Thanks,

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013 5:36 AM
  • shahmr, I would recommend you to try LogonExpert autologon software, unlike autologon.exe which "encrypted" logon credentials could be extracted easily using any LSA secret extractor tool , LogonExpert uses AES (+3DES+polymorphous RISC VM to securely hide private AES key) to encrypt your logon credentials.

    BTW for Windows 8 it has a feature for bypassing Start menu after autologon :)

    Wednesday, April 24, 2013 10:50 AM