July 20, 2001, 12:00 AM — 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.