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HOWTO: Make Windows 7 Login Automatically (Using User Accounts)

Automatically Log On To Windows XP


Previously I wrote about how to make Windows XP login automatically using the registry editor.  In this article we’ll talk about Windows 7 and how best to login automatically not by editing the registry but simply using the User Accounts hidden control panel.


Editing the registry is sometimes tricky and makes folks a little nervous as it can cause all sorts of problems if handled incorrectly and is not that easy to restore or fix.


Luckily, there is a safer and easier method to disable the Windows login screen and have Windows boot straight to the desktop.  It should be noted that this is only adviseable on a PC with one user as it is a bit of a security concern if you share your PC.


To this we must access a hidden User Accounts dialog that you can’t get to from Control Panel.


This HOWTO tells you how to make Windows 7 log in automatically and therefore prevent Windows from showing the login window or even from showing the Welcome Screen so you can just switch on, walk away, make tea, come back and see your desktop loaded and ready to go!

Here’s how to do it:


  1. Click the Windows button > Run
  2. Type control userpasswords2 > Click OK
  3. windows 7 run dialog

  4. The User Accounts dialog should appear. Uncheck the check box that says Users must enter a username and password to use this computer.
  5. windows 7 user accounts dialog

  6. Click Apply
  7. The Automatically Log On dialog should appear.  Enter the username and password that you would like Windows to log on with automatically and click OK
  8. windows 7 automatically log on

  9. Now click OK twice more and restart Windows.


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