Saturday, January 14, 2012

Enabling Auto-Login Under Windows 7

First of all this is a MASSIVE security hole if you choose to enable it - anyone getting their hands on your machine will have full control over everything (logged into you bank? your Facebook account? your photos? the lot).

There are, however, very good reasons to actually do this; for example I have setup a Windows 7 machine which just runs iTunes because that's all I need - clearly it's pointless to password protect this as all my data is on (non-protected) NAS drive.

So here are the instructions;
1) Go to the start menu
2) type into the "search programs and files" text box the words; "control userpasswords2" and hit return
3) This dialog will appear;
User Accounts Dialog (Windows 7)
4) Make sure the checkbox at the very top (titled "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer") is unchecked. You will then be prompted to enter your password.

And that's it, when you reboot your machine you will no longer be prompted for a password.

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