Automatic logon in Windows 2000 Professional

Are you the only person using your computer? With automatic logon, you can have your Windows 2000 Professional system log on with your username and password at startup. Here's how you can enable this convenience.

One of the main benefits to using Windows 2000 Professional is the security it provides, both locally and for shared network resources. To ensure security, Windows requires that you have a valid user account either on the local computer, in the computer's domain, or in a trusted domain.

When only one person uses the computer and security is not really an issue, however, logging on can be an annoyance rather than a real security measure. In that situation you might want to turn on automatic logon. With automatic logon enabled, Windows automatically logs on at system startup using the account and password that you specify. The desktop appears at startup rather than the logon dialog, the same behavior seen in Windows 9x when no network client is installed.

To configure the system to log on automatically:

  1. Open the Users And Passwords object in the Control Panel.
  2. On the Users page, disable the option Users Must Enter A User Name And Password To Use This Computer.
  3. Click OK and specify the user name and password that it will use to automatically log on at startup in the resulting dialog box.

If you later want to turn off automatic logon, just open the Users And Passwords object and re-enable the check box.

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