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Windows 7: Logging On - AutoLogonChecked Registry Key

08 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64bit.
Logging On - AutoLogonChecked Registry Key

I consider my system to be relatively well-secured, and I am its only user. I am seriously considering the implementation of the Windows' automatic logon feature. I am well-versed in manual registry management. I have modified (added) the required keys/values/data to arm the feature (AutoAdminLogon, DefaultPassword, and DefaultUserName). I temporarily left AutoAdminLogon set to zero until I REALLY decide to 'charge ahead'. Having looked at the Winlogon key and its subkeys, I notice what appears to be a new subkey, namely AutoLogonChecked. I don't think that I need be concerned with DefaultDomainName as I am not part of any domain, just a Workgroup.

To the point: Must the AutoLogonChecked key be modified (set to one), that is, must the (Default)
REG_SZ value's data value be set to one (1) to fully enable the feature, namely automatic logon?

As always, please accept my appreciation in advance of any response(s).

--Lairbear (Randy Reist)

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08 Dec 2011   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

Hello Randy,

You could use the easier method below to set your computer to log on to your user account automatically at startup instead if you like.

Log On Automatically at Startup

Hope this helps,
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08 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit.


Many thanks for your recommendation. While I suspect your suggestion holds merit, I decided to plow ahead and try my manual tweak of the registry keys. Being a long time software engineer who designed and maintained a proprietary operating system, I tend to be one who 'bit fiddles'. The result of my 'bit fiddling' was successful. Once I finally set the AutoAdminLogon value to 1 (true), I was able to consistently restart with no log on required/requested.

I never modified the (Default) value of the
AutoLogonChecked key value. That setting appears to have had no affect upon the functionality of auto logon. I suspect that key affects other thing(s). I have yet to try holding the space bar during restart to see if AutoAdminLogon is shunted. I'll see how things work as time passes.

The bottom line:

My registry modifications seem to have worked.

Thanks again for your investment of time to address and to respond to my problem. The problem is solved.

Thank you and best regards,

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08 Dec 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise

That's great news Randy. Thank you for posting back with your results.
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