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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.

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up vote 2 down vote accepted
  1. Use Autologon from Sysinternals

  1. Configure autologon on Vista

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

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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