How to Configure Windows XP to Login Automatically

January 31, 2008 – 6:37 pm by Gabe Anderson | 3 Comments

It’s still only Day #1 of the new gabeanderson.com and I already have a list of more than 2 dozen topics I’ll be sharing with you. It’s actually pretty exciting coming up with ideas. There are so many fun tips ‘n tricks about how I use my computer that I’m looking forward to documenting both for my own reference and to improve your own computing experience.

So here we go — let’s get right into it.

How to Configure Windows XP to Login Automatically

For security reasons on your laptop or home computer, you may like the fact that, by default, Windows requires you to login to access your operating system for your user account (I prefer that on my laptop so that if it’s lost or stolen, I’ll worry less about my files).

But if you’d rather login automatically when you power up or reboot your machine, there’s a simple way to do so (this is how I have my home computer configured).

This is useful under a number of circumstances:

  • You’re the only one who uses your computer (or you share files with someone else).
  • You aren’t worried that someone may access your files.
  • You have applications that run automatically on reboot (perhaps a virus or registry scan).
  • You need to access your computer remotely & in the event of a power outage when you’re away, you want it to be ready for you to access it.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Go to your Start menu, then select the Run command.
  2. When the Run window opens, type (or copy ‘n paste) this command: control userpasswords2.
  3. You’ll see an advanced view of your User Accounts Control Panel.
  4. Uncheck the box that says Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.
  5. User Accounts: How to Enable Automatic Windows XP Login

  6. Click Apply or OK and you’ll be prompted to enter the username and password of the user you’d like to have login automatically (you do know your password, right?).
    Automatically Log On password confirmation

And that’s it! Next time your reboot or power up your machine, you won’t have to worry about manually logging in.

Want to change it back? Just repeat the steps above anytime, but check the box, of course.

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  1. 3 Responses to “How to Configure Windows XP to Login Automatically”

  2. #1 Easier way – Use a Mac
    #2 If there are 5 users, and you want it to login automatically as one of them, how do you do that?

    By Mac User on Feb 4, 2008

  3. Hi Mac User-

    Thanks for the comment. Yup, Macs are great! I’m a big fan.

    As for your #2 question, in my step 5 above, you specify the one user you want to have login automatically (it can only be one). I’ve slightly updated the language above to clarify this point.

    By gabe on Feb 7, 2008

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