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Automatically log on to your NT workstation

You can automatically log on to your NT machine by applying the following Registry patch to your system.

A word of caution: This leaves a BIG security hole, especially if your autologon ID has administrator privileges. In addition, your password is now saved in clear text in the Registry. Use this only if you have a good reason (like the need to autoinstall software, for example). And, as always, remember that Registry edits can be risky; be sure you have a verified backup before you begin.


[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon]
"DefaultUserName"="YourLogon"
"DefaultDomainName"="YourDomain"
"AutoAdminLogon"="1"
"DefaultPassword"="YourPassword"

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This was first published in April 2001

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