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Windows 7: Automatic login of multiple user accounts


20 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Automatic login of multiple user accounts

My apologies if this is in the wrong forum.

Is there a way for me to set up automatic logging in at start up of, lets say, 4-5 user accounts? The accounts serve no purpose other than running different instances of a program that I could then manage from my main account, but for each instance to initialize, I have to manually log in to each account on system startup. (I'm also seeking to find a way to hide those accounts, but I can't do so yet because I have to log in to each account every time I restart my computer.) So a program or registry edit of some sort would be most helpful

I've done some research, but as of now, I've only found a way to auto-log in one account (presumably intended for main accounts) so this is useless to me. ("control userpasswords2" in Run)

Just to clarify, all of my accounts are password protected, though the additional accounts have very basic passwords (which is required). I do want to keep a password on my main account, and I don't want to auto log in my main account.

Thanks!


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20 Jul 2010   #2

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

I think this tutorial will answer your question

Log On Automatically at Startup

Good Luck
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20 Jul 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Yeah I took a look at that already. Seems that only applies to one account. I might have explained myself wrong, but I don't actually need to see the log in, I just want the user accounts to sign on and initialize their autorun programs. (that tutorial also requires you to delete the passwords) If I don't make sense I'll gladly clarify
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20 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

You can do this with Windows Server 2003, 2008 or 2008 R2 and Terminal Services. Depending on how many accounts you need to log on. ~ $1850 USA for server and about ~ $750 USA for 10 Users on Terminal Server.
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20 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Oi. I'm just a home user. Is there a free alternative?
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20 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

If you are willing to give more information we might be able to find a work around. I am not sure what you are trying to do.
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20 Jul 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Sure. I have a program that's in the "Startup" folder for each of my user accounts. So basically, all I need is for the program to start running in each of the user accounts. I installed the program on the C drive for each of the user accounts, so with a shortcut for each instance I basically have the benefit of running the program five times.

All that I need to do for this to work is to sign on to each of the alternate accounts, the Startup folder runs everything in it, and then get back to my main account using "switch user." So in essence, all of my alternate accounts and my main account are logged in at the same time. What I'm looking for is a way around having to sign into each of the user accounts every time I have to restart the computer, because its fairly annoying. If I can get around having to do that manually, I can hide those user accounts (since I wouldn't have to sign into them manually anymore) and my log in screen would be much better.

Is that enough information?
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20 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 7 Enterprise (x64); Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64)
 
 

Ok so if I get this right: You would log on Account 1, and the Startup runs, then switch user and log on as Account 2, then 3, 4 etc. Leaving all 4 or 5 users running? All the users have the same Startup running too?
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20 Jul 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Exactly
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20 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 x64 pro/ Windows 7 x86 Pro/ XP SP3 x86
 
 

Well, remote desktop (RDP) lets you login to a computer without kicking off the current user. If you google for "Windows 7 concurrent sessions", you'll get a number of hits on how exactly to go about it. I dont know if there is any legal issue in this, try at your own risk.
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