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Enabling and disabling automatic login in Windows XP


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How can I configure Windows XP to log on automatically?


You can configure Windows XP to automate the logon process if your computer is not part of a domain.
  1. (click Start, then Run to get to the 'Run' box), then in the run box execute this command:
    control userpasswords2
  2. You will see a check box labelled 'Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer'.
    Remove the check from this check box.
  3. Click on OK.
  4. You'll be prompted to enter the user name and password you wish to automatically log on with, and then click OK.

Now anyone with physical access to your computer can use this machine. It makes your computer more convenient to use, but at the same time can pose a privacy / security risk.

If you need to start up the computer but do not want to log in automatically one specific time, then You can suppress the automatic logon by pressing the SHIFT key during the boot process. Windows will prompt you for identification and authentication information interactively. This is the official method to temporarily disable automatic logon at startup.

If you want to permanently disable the auto-logon, you can execute this command from the Run box:

rundll32 netplwiz.dll,ClearAutoLogon


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2005-12-06, 04:27:29
anonymous from Czech Republic  
No, sorry, this doesn't help. That box is already unchecked for me, and I still get a prompt to choose a user account, even though I only have one! How can I have a completely non-prompting bootup?
2008-07-04, 00:34:58
anonymous from Turkey  
Uncheck and check it again, it worked for me in windows xp.
2008-07-09, 17:26:23  
umm can u help me urgently??? ok i had a admin account and i didn't want to use it for security reasons so i did what u are supposed to do (make another admin account gets disabled) but the admin account wont go away. and every time i start my computer it automatically goes into the admin account. so i tried the right click on my computer and manage (etc..) and disabled the admin acc i also renamed it after But it always says wrong login and goes to the welcome screen??? how can i get rid of the admin account or even stop it from autol ogin to the admin account! pls reply or email me!!
2008-09-21, 08:23:55 from United States  
I want to automaticly login under one of my users, I don't want to get rid of the login, how can I have it automaticly login under an account
2009-03-31, 19:23:57
anonymous from United Kingdom  
hahahahahahaha i am very happy that this works perfectly well for me after several efforts on several hours to get it right
big 5 and bravo
2009-04-30, 16:03:38
shwar from United Kingdom  
Exellent, thanks was looking for that setting, albeit to do the exact opposite of this tutorial and turn it ON instead, same principle though, worked a treat and now my laptop is secure!
2010-01-12, 03:36:05
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2011-11-30, 04:33:14
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If Auto Login is enabled in <a href=''> Windows XP</a> you can enter the system without any security checks so you don't have to enter your password. It also results that the system can start faster..
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