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Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup

  1. #120


    Posts : 11
    windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post

    4. To Turn On Automatic Sign in for a Domain, Local, or Microsoft Account
    NOTE:
    You could also use this step to change what user account you would like Windows 8 to sign-in to automatically at startup.

    A) In the right pane on Winlogon, double click/tap on the AutoAdminLogon string value to modify it. (see screenshot below step 2)

    B) Type 1, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    C) Double click/tap on the DefaultDomainName string value to modify it. (see screenshot below step 2)

    D) Type the computer name (if local) or domain name, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    E) Double click/tap on the DefaultUserName string value to modify it. (see screenshot below step 2)

    F) Type the user name (ex: Shawn) of the account you want to automatically be signed in to at startup, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: This will be the same name as the user account's C:\Users\(UserName) profile folder.

    G) Double click/tap on the DefaultPassword string value to modify it. (see screenshot below step 2)

    NOTE: If you do not have a DefaultPassword string value, then right click or press and hold on an empty area in the right pane of the Winlogon key, click/tap on New and String Value, type DefaultPassword, and press Enter.

    H) Type the password of the user account you want to automatically be signed in to at startup, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    I) Go to step 6 below.

    5. To Turn Off Automatic Sign in for All Users

    A) In the right pane on Winlogon, double click/tap on the AutoAdminLogon string value to modify it. (see screenshot below step 2)

    B) Type 0 (zero), and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 4B)

    C) Right click or press and hold on the DefaultPassword string value, and click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below step 2)

    NOTE: If you do not have a DefaultPassword string value, then that's ok, and go to step 6 below.

    D) Click/tap on Yes to confirm. (see screenshot below)

    E) Go to step 6 below.

    6. When finished, close Registry Editor.


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    Hi,

    I have a question regarding this process. I am trying to upgrade to windows 10 but a couple of years ago, I had followed a similar process as above in order to bypass the login process in my windows 8.1. I'm not trying to undo this and restore the login so that it doesn't affect windows 10.

    I have the AutoAdminLogon string currently set to 1. The strings DefaultDomainName and DefaultUserName are present but I had deleted the DefaultPassword string as it's missing. Wouldn't I need to recreate the password in the registry in order to be able to use the login? I would be grateful if you could elaborate on this. I remember my password but I'm worried it won't work because I had deleted it in windows 8 and then I upgraded to windows 8.1. It's a local account password/login. I didn't have a microsoft account for it.

    Another question that's somewhat related and concerns me is when I enter the old password to access the store, it doesn't accept it and says the password is incorrect. Is this because the password string doesn't exist in the registry? Or is there another problem? How can I make sure I won't get locked out of my account if I do restore the login process?

    Hope you are able to help guide me.

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  2. #121


    Posts : 22,033
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello love2learn, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    As long as you use the correct password for your account in the steps, it'll work to automatically sign you in at startup.

    You have to sign in to your Microsoft account in the Store.
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  3. #122


    Posts : 11
    windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello love2learn, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    As long as you use the correct password for your account in the steps, it'll work to automatically sign you in at startup.

    You have to sign in to your Microsoft account in the Store.
    There is no password string so how will it know if it is right or wrong.

    As for the store, it asks me to enter my local account password first before entering my microsoft account details. When I enter the local account password, it says it is incorrect. What would happen if I created a string for the password with my old password in it?
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  4. #123


    Posts : 22,033
    64-bit Windows 10


    You'll have to add it like in the steps for it to work.

    You would need to use the correct current password.
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  5. #124


    Posts : 11
    windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    You'll have to add it like in the steps for it to work.

    You would need to use the correct current password.
    So shall I create a string for password and enter it?
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  6. #125


    Posts : 22,033
    64-bit Windows 10


    Yes for it to work.
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  7. #126


    Posts : 11
    windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Yes for it to work.
    Hypothetically, what if the password I enter in the registry is not the old password. Will that be a problem or would it now be the right password? That's my biggest concern and I'll be locked out of my own account.
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  8. #127


    Posts : 22,033
    64-bit Windows 10


    You'll have to enter the correct password for it to work.

    If you don't, you'll get an "Incorrect password" on the sign-in screen at startup and will have to manually select your account to sign in instead.
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  9. #128


    Posts : 11
    windows 10


    I'm talking about the correct password in the registry not during the login. Or is there a way to change the password within the registry?
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  10. #129


    Posts : 11
    windows 10


    What I want to know is there a way to check that I am entering the right password in the registry without having to log out of my account?
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