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Entering a username and password to log on to Windows isn't a big deal for most PC users, but logging on automatically to a user account while still retaining optional password-protected access can save time when physical access isn't a security issue. Most recent versions of Windows have an auto log-on function, typically under Advanced User Accounts. Simply enter the netplwiz command and...OK, there's a much easier way, and it's from Microsoft, too: simply download Autologon, a small, free Sysinternals app that makes it supereasy to configure Windows' built-in auto log-on feature. It lets you enter a username and password for a specified account, which is encrypted and saved in the Registry. Windows will automatically log that user on to the system without presenting the log-on screen.

Autologon requires no installation, so we simply extracted the zipped program file and clicked it. Autologon's interface is extremely simple, a small box with fields for Username, Domain, and Password, and three buttons labeled Enable, Disable, and About. The program automatically detected and filled the fields with our username and domain (our computer's name). We simply had to enter the correct log-on password and press Enable. To test the new capability, we simply rebooted. Instead of the usual log-on procedure, our system booted straight into Windows. To restore the normal log-on function, we pressed Disable. Holding down the Shift key during start-up also disables Autologon for that instance. The About button showed copyright data and a link to the Sysinternals Web site, but that's about it.

Obviously, we recommend using Autologon carefully, especially with regard to physical access to your PC, but also use common sense: don't use it for your Admin account, for instance, especially in a LAN or home network. For many users, though, Autologon can save time and effort.

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1 stars

"Password can be dumped easily"

July 09, 2014  |  By tahoC

 |  Version: Autologon 3.01


No installation, freeware


Google for "lsa secrets dump" and find a ton tools to dump the logon credentials "encrypted" by autologon.exe . Really insecure place to store the password. In contrast of autologon.exe I would like to suggest LogonExpert tool you can find on CNET Downloads

This tool really encrypt logon credentials by AES-256


Not recommend this tool -- insecure.

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5 stars

"Great "Time Saver""

March 09, 2011  |  By gerrymi

 |  Version: Autologon 3.01


Easy and quick set up. Easy to Disable if (for whatever reasons) wanted to.


none that I have run across


Since I'm the only one who uses my home PC it seemed a waste of my time to ALWAYS have to log on to Windows after Sleep, Hibernate, etc. Autologon completely ELIMINATES the Windows Log On screen!

Updated on Jul 25, 2014

7/25/14..."Download Now" => "HTTP 400 Bad Request". Can get here:

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Full Specifications

Publisher Microsoft
Publisher web site
Release Date February 23, 2011
Date Added February 23, 2011
Version 3.01
Category Desktop Enhancements
Subcategory Tweaks Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/2003/Vista/Server 2008/7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 76.97KB
File Name External File
Total Downloads 8,184
Downloads Last Week 16
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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