Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Using AutoLogon ByPass Key For Windows 7

Windows 2000 and XP Users  might have run auto logons and bypassing key for administrators. But with windows 7 the bypass key seems to be missing. In windows 2000 and XP it was the shift key at boot up. And in Windows Vista and Windows 7 none seem to work.

To Perform autologon in windows 7, go to run and write "control userpasswords2" Then select the user and write the password you wish to autologon, press ok and from the next logon Windows 7 will make autologon.

I can not find the ability to bypass startup items (and autologon) was removed from Windows Vista and Windows 7. Too bad the Shift key does not override autologon so it's either enable or disable. Windows 7 broke this. Windows 7 not only ignores the SHIFT key on boot, Windows 7 also ignores the following registry entry:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

DWORD: "IgnoreShiftOverride"="0"

So far I haven't found an easy way to do it. Here is what I do. It's not elegant or simple, but it works for me:

  • Logon to the autologon account.
  • run c:\windows\regedit as a member of administrator (right click run as administrator) or if that profile is already administrator simply run regedit.
  • go to HKLM\\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon.
  • set AutoAdminLogon=0
  • log off.
  • log on as your choice administrator user.
  • When you're done set AutoAdminLogon=1

So, we are out of luck with this feature unless we go and get a third party utility such as LogonExpert. or  Just use the sysinternals autologin tool off microsoft website.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963905.aspx

Add the following strings to the registry

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