This article describes how to set the "Users and Passwords"
automatic logon feature for Windows 2000 Professional. Note that this Control
Panel tool is not available for Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000
Advanced Server, or Windows 2000 Datacenter Server.
Preventing the Password Prompt in a Non-Domain System
- In Control Panel, double-click Users and Passwords.
- Click to clear the Users must enter a user name and
password to use this computer check box.
NOTE: This option does not appear on a system that is a member of a
- Click the Advanced tab.
- Click to clear the Require users to press
Ctrl-Alt-Del before logging on check box.
Automatic logon is not supported when you are logging on to a
domain. You will need to join a workgroup if you want to use the automatic
You can also turn on the automatic logon feature in
all versions of the Windows 2000 product family by editing the
This procedure will allow the user to log on automatically to the
domain. This could cause a serious security problem. Anyone booting this system
with this registry modification will be logged on to the system with the user's
- Start Regedt32.exe and locate the following registry key:
- Establish your domain name, account name, and password,
using the values you would normally type when logging on. You should assign the
following values: DefaultDomainName, DefaultUserName, and
NOTE: The DefaultDomainName and DefaultUserName values may already
exist. The DefaultPassword value may not. If it does not, create it. To do so:
- On the Edit menu, click Add Value.
- In the Value Name box, type DefaultPassword.
- In the Data Type box, click REG_SZ.
- Click OK.
- In the String Editor box, type your password. Click OK and save your changes.
NOTE: If no DefaultPassword string is specified, Windows automatically
changes the value of the AutoAdminLogon key from 1 (true) to 0 (false). This
disables the AutoAdminLogon feature. This behavior also occurs if the
DefaultPassword string is specified but the password is left blank or
- On the Edit menu, click Add Value. Type AutoAdminLogon in the Value Name box. Click REG_SZ in the Data Type box. Enter 1 in the String box. Save your changes.
- Quit Regedt32.exe.
- Shut down Windows and turn off the computer.
- Restart your computer and Windows 2000. You should be able
to log on automatically now.
Note that this setting only applies to the first logon. To enforce this setting for subsequent logoffs, the administrator must configure the following setting:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon Value: ForceAutoLogon
This is a by-design security feature. The resolution involves
editing the registry. Editing the registry is not supported.
Windows 2000 Only
The process that is described in this article only applies to the first logon. To enforce this setting for subsequent logons, the administrator must set the following registry key:
Type: REG_SZ Data: 1
For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How to Enable Automatic Logon in Windows NT 3.x and 4.0