Autologon in Windows 2000

Reader Mo S. is interested in Windows 2000 autologon.

"How can I have Window 2000 Pro automatically login the user? The

autologon feature that comes standard with Window 2000 works only

after a cold boot. I need an autologon just like NT4 that works

each time, whether cold or warm booting the system."

I receive automatic logon questions most frequently, and Microsoft's

Tweak UI provides the easiest solution. Although some users have

reported problems with Tweak UI and Win 2000 in the past, MS is now

offering an upgraded version that appears to work fine in Windows 2000.

You can find the newest Tweak UI at


If you prefer to not use Tweak UI, then you can implement AutoLogon

using RegEdit. To do this, click Start, Run, type "regedit", and press

Enter. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows

NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon. Double-click DefaultDomainName and set it

to the necessary value. Now double-click DefaultPassword and make sure

it contains your current password. Do not enter a new password here.

Next, double-click DefaultUserName and make sure it is set correctly --

again, do not make a change here. If you're logging in as

administrator, then administrator is what you need in the key.

Finally, double-click AutoAdminLogon and set its value to 1. Choose

Registry, Exit and then restart the computer. From this point on, you

will not be prompted for logon information.

This story, "Autologon in Windows 2000" was originally published by ITworld.

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