I have an idea in my head of what I'd like from auto-login on Windows XP and was wondering if anyone could suggest how to achieve it.
The first problem is that my company throws up a dialog on the login screen on Ctrl-Alt-Del but before I login. It's just a typical "This is a private system" warning but I need to OK it to login. I think it's because of this that conventional auto-login via control userpasswords2 or SysInternals tool doesn't work.
Second of all, I run up a bunch of apps on login like Outlook, Eclipse and VMWare. I'd love to be able to hit the power button and go for coffee then come back to a machine that is running everything and all nicely warmed up. However, I don't want to leave my machine unlocked either. So (and here it gets aspirational) I'd love auto-login to proceed in the background having locked the PC immediately after login.
Is this possible?
Thanks for the responses! There are good solutions for part 2 here.
Concerning part 1, I have concluded that this policy has been set:
Local Policies -> Security Options -> "Interative logon: Message test for users attempting to logon"
This is the message I would like to OK automatically, otherwise my auto-login gets stuck. I realize I may be asking the impossible here, but what is corporate IT policy for if not to rail against?