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Trying to get auto-logon

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    Trying to get auto-logon


    I am having trouble setting up an auto logon in W8.1. I used trhe tutorial with the “netplwiz” command, selected the desired user and then removing the checkmark for “Require a password to logon”. What happens now is upon startup the password is denied. Then click on ,,, OK .. Arrow pointing to left and selecting the same user and putting in the same PW. This time I’m logged in.

    All of the accounts were without a picture and I couldn’t tell the users apart, so I put a picture on the local account. When I clicked on OK .. Arrow pointing to the left (above paragraph) there were three user accounts labed Local .... Other User .. And what I presume is the MS account.
    The first two had the same picture. I put a picture on the local account only. The account labeled other user does not appear elsewhere that I can determine. My quesions are;
    1. How do I determine the MS account?
    2. I want auto logon using the local account. How?
    3. Can I delete the MS account and have just one local account with auto logon?

    Bill

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    Hello Bill,

    It sounds like you may not have selected the correct user name in netplwiz when setting it up. Start over using step 4 in OPTION ONE below to select the correct name. If this is for a Microsoft account, then be sure to select the name that is in both the "HomeUsers" and "Administrators" groups.

    Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup
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    I think I did it correctly. I selected Bill. Enclosed is a couple of screenshots.
    Last edited by Brink; 13 Feb 2015 at 16:57. Reason: removed screenshots with email addresses
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    That would be the correct one to select. Are you sure that you entered the password correctly in netplwiz?
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    Brink,
    Went through netplwiz again and it works in auto. But the Welcome comes on with my picture and takes about 20 seconds before the desktop appears.
    Questions:
    1. can my picture be deleted? How?
    2. Is 20 seconds for the Welcome screen too long?
    Thanks for your help.
    Bill
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Good news so far.

    Q1) You could set your account picture to be the same solid color as your sign in screen to effectively make it blank.

    User Account Picture - Change in Windows 8

    Q2) 20 seconds is not to bad, but is a bit long. I would suspect that one of your startup programs may be slowing it up a bit. You could troubleshoot with a clean boot using the method in the tutorial below to see if it may help to ID the culprit.

    Troubleshoot Problem with Clean Boot in Windows 8
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