How to Setup Auto Login for a Domain Account on Windows 7

Sometimes it is nice to not have to log into your computer every time you start it up. If your computer is not joined to a corporate domain, it is pretty easy to do in the user accounts area of control panel. If your computer is a member of a domain this option is disabled. Fortunately you can still configure this by modifying four registry keys.

To get started we need to start the registry editor.

Click the start button and in the search box type “regedit” and press <enter>.

Next expand the registry tree to match this path:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

You will want to modify or create each of these registry entries:

DefaultUserName

DefaultPassword

DefaultDomainName

AutoAdminLogon

If any of the above keys are missing, create a new String Value (REG_SZ). Fill them out with the appropriate values. Set AutoAdminLogon to 1 to enable the auto logon, and if AutoLogonCount exists, delete it.

You can quit the registry editor now and restart your computer. You should find that it logs in automatically when it starts up.

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