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Windows 7: How do I select which user get's logged in on startup

12 Sep 2011   #1
pmennen

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
How do I select which user get's logged in on startup

I'm using windows 7 home premium (64bit).
When I run "control userpasswords2", I see the following list of users in this order:

Alex (Administrators)
Guest (Guests)
temp (Administrators; Users)
Susan (Administrators; Users)

I also have "Users must enter a user name and password" UNchecked, since security is not my most important concern.

All four profiles appear to be functional as I can log on or off any of them.
My only problem is that when the computer boots it starts with the first user (Alex) logged in. However I would like to change it to the last user (Susan). I can't figure out how to do this. I suspect it might be in the advanced tab of this window which has a button for "Advanced user management". But it says that I can't use that feature with windows home. It would be a real kicker if only owners of the professional edition can control such a basic function!

I googled this and found some registry keys that might do this for me, although I'm not sure if this is really the right way to go. Also I'm not sure I understood the instructions since it implied you have to enter a password into your registry, but I'm not using passwords.

Isn't there a simple way to tell windows which user to log in when it boots up without resorting to registry hacks? I'm willing to use a hack if necessary if it is pretty clear this won't destabilize the computer.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions you may have.

~Paul


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12 Sep 2011   #2
unifex

Windows 7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

I believe that the solution is given in this excellent Tutorial on the subject.
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12 Sep 2011   #3
pmennen

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
I believe that the solution is given in this excellent Tutorial on the subject.
Wow, I had to wait all of 5 minutes to get the answer to my question. Many thanks!

Indeed following the directions in that tutorial worked. I was surprised that this is such an unusual thing to want to do. I expected the user accounts control panel to have a clearly defined option to do this, but it doesn't. Anyway it is good to find out that it is at least possible without resorting to registry hacks!

~Paul
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