How to automatically logon to Windows XP

The following tutorial covers the process of turning on the Auto Logon function in Windows XP, eliminating the need to sign in during system bootup. Automatic logon to Windows XP is accomplished by storing the login information into the system registry. Sever damage can result from improperly modifying registry. Please only proceed with this tutorial if you understand the risks involved and are comfortable with Registry modification. Autologon to Windows XP becomes more convenient. However, keep in mind that using this feature can pose a security risk by allowing any user to start your PC.

Note: By following this tutorial you are solely responsible for any damages or loss that could potentially occur. Proceed at your own risk!

How to turn on Autologon in Windows XP:

  1. Click Start -> Run, type regedit, and click OK
  2. Locate the following registry key:
  3. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

  4. Next, find the DefaultUserName entry, double click it and type your user name in the Value Data box (if it isn’t already listed) and click OK
  5. Next, if there is a DefaultPassword entry, double click it and type your password in the Value Data box and click OK
  6. *Alternately if there is no DefaultPassword entry, use these steps to create one:
    • From the Registry Editor menu, click Edit -> New -> String Value
    • Name the value DefaultPassword and press ENTER
    • Next, double click the DefaultPassword entry you just created and type your password in the Value Data box and click OK
  7. Next, if there is a AutoAdminLogon entry, double click it and type 1 in the Value Data box and click OK (note: if there is a value of 0 in the box change it to 1)
  8. *Alternately if there is no AutoAdminLogon entry, use these steps to create one:
    • From the Registry Editor menu, click Edit -> New -> String Value
    • Name the value AutoAdminLogon and press ENTER
    • Next, double click the AutoAdminLogon entry you just created and then type 1 in the Value Data box and click OK
  9. Close the Registry Editor and Restart your Computer. If all goes well it should automatically log you in upon reboot