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Okay to use autologon.exe?

  1. #1


    Posts : 3
    windows 7

    Okay to use autologon.exe?


    Hi, a Seven Forums poster is here! I'm helping a friend reduce his Windows 8.1 restart times. We need to temporarily bypass the logon screen during bootup. So, I'm wondering if autologon.exe works safely with Windows 8.1. I know there are other options, but autologon.exe seems to be the simplest and most straightforward.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Spencer, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you like, you could use the method to have Windows automatically sign in to an user account at startup, then turn it off when you like.

    Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 3
    windows 7


    Thanks Brink! I've read through those, but prefer something really quick & simple to toggle back/forth. I'm helping my buddy via phone, and it can by trying at times (!), so that's why I've asked about autologon.exe. Has anyone here used it with Windows 8.1?
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  4. #4


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by spencer1 View Post
    Thanks Brink! I've read through those, but prefer something really quick & simple to toggle back/forth. I'm helping my buddy via phone, and it can by trying at times (!), so that's why I've asked about autologon.exe. Has anyone here used it with Windows 8.1?
    I just downloaded & used it.
    There was no significant improvement in loading time as far as I could see.

    It works with my 8.1 Pro wmc.

    Try it yourself & see how you like it.
    I have tested it & my computer didn't explode.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 3
    windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I just downloaded & used it.
    There was no significant improvement in loading time as far as I could see.

    It works with my 8.1 Pro wmc.

    Try it yourself & see how you like it.
    I have tested it & my computer didn't explode.
    Thanks for testing this. I just need to bypass the login to get an accurate restart time (using the Restart-Time.vbs file) on my friend's Windows 8 machine. I have Windows 7 myself, and autologon.exe works fine with that.
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