Sunday, January 24, 2016

Configuring Auto-Logon for a Computer in a Windows Domain

Now you wouldn't do this in a corporate environment but in your Windows domain at home, you may have a parent or partner that doesn't like entering their username and password on their Windows computer that you've domain joined to your network. For situations like these you may want to configure auto-logon.

To configure auto-logon for a computer on your domain, you'll need to modify the registry on that computer.

Important Note: Be careful when editing the Windows registry. Some serious damage can be done to your operating system if you modify something important. Also for this to work, you'll need to store the password of the user account you are going to use for the auto-logon in the registry. This isn't secure.

Start regedit.exe on the computer you are configuring auto-logon and navigate to the following location.

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

In the above location, modify or create the following registry keys. Once done auto-logon is configured. Restart your computer to test.

DefaultDomainNameREG_SZ<Insert domain name here. E.g. UNIT34>
DefaultUserNameREG_SZ<Insert domain username here. E.g. hannah.chan>
DefaultPasswordREG_SZ<Insert domain user's password here.>

This works for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10.

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