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Windows 7: Log On Automatically at Startup


06 Nov 2008   #39
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Log On Automatically at Startup

How to Automatically Log On a User Account at Windows 7 Startup


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18 Mar 2010   #40
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello Mawk, and welcome to Seven Forums.

In addition to setting the user account that you want Windows 7 to startup in automatically using this tutorial on the first page, you should also double check to make sure that you have disabled password required on wakeup and to disable the screen saver password protection.

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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19 Mar 2010   #41
mawk

 
Muchos Gracias

Hey mate!

Thanks so much. I thought that as I didn't have a password, I wouldn't need to turn it off! However, I have done it and now life is good........... No more log-in screeen.....yipeeeeeee :-)

Thanks again.

M
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19 Mar 2010   #42
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

You're most welcome Mawk.
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12 Apr 2010   #43
bogobogo

Windows 7
 
 

Hi Brink,
So I've followed your instruction to create an 2nd account for my son without password protection.
I've discovered that all settings are lost when creating a new account (I'm wondering if there is a siple way to import all settings from my first administrator account) - icons, wallpaper, etc.
However I would like to come back to automatic booting to my administrator but I think I made a mistake by operating netplwiz from my son account.
Ending up in a mess cause I could not even delete the new account at the end and booting always to the new account.
When I finally end up in deleting it I had an error at startup saying "bad password", the image of my administratot account is disappeared.
At the end by switching 2 times to administrator at boot and deleting "unknow user account" I could recover to the original configuration.
Bye and thanks to share some light on this matter.
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12 Apr 2010   #44
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Hello BogoBogo, and welcome to Seven Forums.

Not sure, but I'm guessing that you were trying to delete the new account while still logged into it. If so, then Windows 7 will not let you. You can only delete an account from within another administrator account, and must be logged off of the account you want to delete.

Copying all of the contents in the old account's C:\Users\(user-name) folders, including the hidden AppData folder, into the corresponding new account's C:\Users\(user-name) folders should copy over most of the old account's settings and files into the new one.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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13 Apr 2010   #45
bogobogo

Windows 7
 
 

Thanks Brink it helps a lot.

BTW when you say "Copying all of the contents in the old account' folders ... into the corresponding new account's folders" you mean overwriting them or adding them?

Moreover I made a copy test to a new folder see if every files are accessibles as administrator, but I got an error with some files in the hidden AppData folder (UsrClass.* and parent.lock) which were already opened in system.
Is this a problem?

Ok in the meantime I made some google search and found another way to do it :
control panel, system, user profile setting, copy button
the only problem is that to copy administrator setting to another profile you must not be logged in as administrator (the profile you are copying) , so I should create another profile just to make this copy?

Bye
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13 Apr 2010   #46
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Yes, you would copy and replace into the new account. When copying the contents of the AppData folder, it's fine to skip the ones that are not allowed.

It would make it easier to create another administrator account temporarily to copy them to avoid the "In Use" issue, then just delete this user account afterwards though.
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12 May 2010   #47
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

After considering applying this setting, I opted not to. Windows already logs me on automatically since I did not create a password at installation. There's no advantage in applying this setting, other than having an encrypted password at startup.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
The only downside would be that if you have a computer trying to log on to your via a network, they will be able to easily log on to your computer with your account since it did not have a password.
Not true for those of us who have configued their router's security. This is the main reason why I didn't need to apply this tutorials settings. Like I said above, the only advantage to this setting is applying an encrypted password to a user account, and still being able to logon automatically. Which I don't need. I'll give anyone a thousand bucks who can get past my routers firewall. It's just not going to happen.
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12 May 2010   #48
Jonathan_King

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadMaxData View Post
After considering applying this setting, I opted not to. Windows already logs me on automatically since I did not create a password at installation. There's no advantage in applying this setting, other than having an encrypted password at startup.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
The only downside would be that if you have a computer trying to log on to your via a network, they will be able to easily log on to your computer with your account since it did not have a password.
Not true for those of us who have configued their router's security. This is the main reason why I didn't need to apply this tutorials settings. Like I said above, the only advantage to this setting is applying an encrypted password to a user account, and still being able to logon automatically. Which I don't need. I'll give anyone a thousand bucks who can get past my routers firewall. It's just not going to happen.
Good for you, MadMaxData. It's always good to have good router security.
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27 May 2010   #49
maranello

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64
 
 

thanks for this tutorial Brink

the last time i have installed Win 7, it logged on automatically, but this time i had to set it by using the info you provided, don't know why sometimes it's auto and others it isn't...
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