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Do Windows 2000 and XP support automatic login?

I have some generic workstations in a school library that I want to automatically login using a set username and password (not known to the user) when the machine first boots. Is there a way of doing this with Windows 2000 Pro, Windows XP? If so how, and can the user logout and login with another username and password?

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Both Windows 2000 and XP do support automatic login, although it's not recommended as being a potential security problem. That said, to enable automatic login for a given account in Windows 2000, follow the instructions here: http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000296.htm. For Windows XP, there's a few different ways to do it – see http://www.mvps.org/sramesh2k/Autologon.htm for more details on how this can be done.

This was first published in August 2004

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