How do I make an automatic logon for windows 2000 machine

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  1. VenomXt

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    OK i need to know how to make a windows 2000 machine automatically logon to a username and domain with a saved password on restart/power up.

    I have application that needs to run this way to avoid me having to walk around starting them up and waiting 4 mins a machine. I looked in Local security Settings but i coudnt find the option i needed. I know there is a way to do it.. any ideas? I have attached a screen shot of the avaliable options for Local security Settings and i did go through each folder but im tired and i could of missed it.. Thanks in advance.
     

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  3. VenomXt

    VenomXt Blame me for the RAZR's Folding Team

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    Thanks will try it tomorrow.
     
  4. kcnychief

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    No problem, looks like it should do the trick for you :)
     
  5. ShepsCrook

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    TweakUI :)
     
  6. fitz

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    Yes.. TweakUI puts a GUI interface around it (but it makes the same changes that KCNY already linked to.

    TweakUI does do a lot more and I would recommend it to anyone..

    For those that are too lazy to search for TweakUI.. I have provided a link
     
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    oops.. good catch KCNY.. thanks!
     
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    Very insecure.

    Best part is, the password is in the registry unencrypted !! woot !

    Run the app as a service under NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM

    TweakUI basically sets up an autologon entry in the Windows Registry.
     
  10. kcnychief

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    I do agree that it's insecure, but was just trying to answer his question :)

    Another thing Venom - if it's more than one machine you can make the change one machine, verify it works how you want it, and then export the .REG key to just double-click on subsequent machines you want configured that way. It will save the hassle of having to edit the registry on multiple machines.
     
  11. fitz

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    Yes, I mentioned already that TweakUI does the same thing as the MS KB article that KCNY linked to which is the manual way of adding the reg key..

    I know I have some apps at my work that, because of the silly (read: stupid beyond belief) programmers, require a user to be logged in. They can't run as a service because they wrote a graphical console that is supposed to be running and the app tries to write to console. Why they can't think a little bit and either write to a regular log file and/or to the event log, I don't know (see my earlier comment about "stupid beyond belief"). I've already went round and round with them about this, and they say their next release, they'll "consider" this "feature"

    ARGH! Stupid programmers should be shot!
     
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  12. madmatt

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    You guys... there is an easier way.

    Start
    Settings
    Control Panel
    Users

    Highlight the user you want to be automatically logged in.

    Check the box up top. Click apply. It'll ask for the password and comfirmation password. Press OK. Press OK.

    All set.
     
  13. fitz

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    I don't believe that works on Windows 2000.. dont' have a win2k machine in front of me to check..
     
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    kcnychief █▄█ ▀█▄ █ Political User Folding Team

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    I also don't think that works on Domains, but I could be wrong.
     
  16. madmatt

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    It won't work for computers that are apart of a domain (not even XP) but I didn't see that in the initial post (I do now though).

    It'll work for a computer that is apart of a workgroup only.