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Windows 7: Bypassing Win 7 logon


11 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 
Bypassing Win 7 logon

I log on with my Admin account. I added a password and then decided to remove it because of the inconvenience. So far so good.
But when I boot up, I'm presented with a screen showing the two user accounts.
I click on the Admin account and am asked for a password. I don't enter a password (there is none) but click on the right arrow and then Win 7 loads.
What I want is to totally bypass this screen and boot directly into the GUI.

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11 Sep 2012   #2
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello cma,

You could use the tutorial below to set Windows to log on to your user account automatically at startup. Since you do not have a password, you would just leave the password fields blank.

Log On Automatically at Startup

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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11 Sep 2012   #3

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Shawn, thanks, the first sentence of the tutorial gave me the answer: "If you only have one user account that is not password protected on the computer, then Windows 7 will automatically log on to that account at startup."
So I deleted the unused Standard User Account to solve the problem.
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11 Sep 2012   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're welcome. I'm glad that it was able to help.
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12 Sep 2012   #5

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Having an admin account without password and logging only with that isn't particularly safe in case you encounter malware.
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12 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium Service Pack 1 32-bit Build 7601
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobafetthotmail View Post
Having an admin account without password and logging only with that isn't particularly safe in case you encounter malware.
He is correct. If you have administrator account without password then anyone would access, edit and delete your important data. This increase your security risk.

Better create your password and create a password reset disk (which can reset your password in case you forgot your password).
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12 Sep 2012   #7

Win 7 Pro 64-bit 7601
 
 

Nah, resetting windows password in under 10 minutes is a breeze for anyone that can use google and has physical access to the machine (and trust me, I had to unlock so much computers for guys that had lost their passwords and had no password reset disk). The risk is about malware, a catch-all name for evil programs that you may download (or come to your machine in shady ways. If you are an admin they have full access to anything.

Such evil programs can steal data or cause havok in your system, but the more common just use your computer (and connection) as a drone to launch hacking attacks or redirect less-than-legal traffic.
They are the electronic version of "stolen cars used for a robbery".

Again, antivirus should be able to keep them in check, but if the account isn't an admin and the admin has a strong-ish password, you just closed a pretty obvious attack vector.
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13 Sep 2012   #8

Windows 7 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, OSX Maverick
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bobafetthotmail View Post
Nah, resetting windows password in under 10 minutes is a breeze for anyone that can use google and has physical access to the machine (and trust me, I had to unlock so much computers for guys that had lost their passwords and had no password reset disk). The risk is about malware, a catch-all name for evil programs that you may download (or come to your machine in shady ways. If you are an admin they have full access to anything.

Such evil programs can steal data or cause havok in your system, but the more common just use your computer (and connection) as a drone to launch hacking attacks or redirect less-than-legal traffic.
They are the electronic version of "stolen cars used for a robbery".

Again, antivirus should be able to keep them in check, but if the account isn't an admin and the admin has a strong-ish password, you just closed a pretty obvious attack vector.
Well said...

I just love people who thinks "I need to logon as an admin...". Having her/him watch you cleaning up scareware from their computers and changing their mind about admin logon is priceless...
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