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There are some scenarios for which you want to configure a machine to automatically login using a specific user account and password without blocking on the logon screen. How does one do that?

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Windows XP autologin. This procedure also works for Win2k as well. You can bypass this method by holding the shift key when logging in or out of the system.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/315231

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  1. Use Autologon from Sysinternals

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963905.aspx

  1. Configure autologon on Vista

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windowsvista/ht/autologonvista.htm

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+1 on the Sysinternals tool. –  Steve Rowe May 1 '09 at 21:54
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In XP:

start -> run -> "control userpasswords2"

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Vista too (same as the linked netplwiz) –  Christopher Galpin May 1 '09 at 20:47
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