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Unattended startup

By Roger Norris ·
Is there a way within Windows XP to start up without having to select a user or enter a password etc? There is just one user set-up (Administrator) and no password. The reason for this is that thismachine axts as a file-server and doesn't have a monitor,/keyboard etc attached. I've tried the settings in [Users] but still have to intervene.

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by Maelgwyn In reply to Unattended startup

Set up a user account, then use the Local Users and Groups snapin in the MMC window or the Users in the control panel and select it to automatically log in

I did it on my machine (running XP Pro) and it worked a treat


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by Roger Norris In reply to Unattended startup

I've tried that but can't see where you set to auto log in?

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by rindi1 In reply to Unattended startup

Start regedit, then go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon, then change the setting for the key AutoAdminLogon from the value 0 to 1.

If you don't want to mess around in the registry yourself, download the Microsoft Powertoys for Windows XP. The Utility "Tweakui" lets you set autologon options.

Are you sure you need to login to your PC? Filesharing and printer sharing should normally start as a service and don't need any userlogon.

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by dmiles In reply to Unattended startup

If you are the only person using the computer and what to have it automatically log you on,

Start / Run / "control userpasswords2" - no quotes
Uncheck User must enter a user name and password to use this computer

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by BlitzSonik In reply to Unattended startup

Try Administratove Tools --> Local Security Policy --> Local Policies --> Security Options --> Disable the requiremnet for Ctrl-Alt-Del.

Having said this...if this PC is part of a domain, then this may not work depending on your group policy.

Also, a user does not have to be logged on in order for you to get files to/from the computer. You can get what you need via the UNC path. Also, I suggest using Remote Desktop Control (comes with XP) for interaction with said machine. You'll need to enable it first though.

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