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Is Automatic Login Dangerous?

Have your very own computer that you share with absolutely nobody? Tired of filling in your password every time you restart Windows?

Consider automatic login.

Automatic login will allow Windows to log you in without any spare time or screens. This can literally save you hours of time over a year.

Is it dangerous? It can be. There is no protection to keep anybody out. If you are not worried about anyone in your home abusing your computer, or if you are comfortable with the situations you and your computer are in, then simply understand that there is always some risk to set up automatic login.

Before you decide about this and I show you how, I would like to point out that if you really want to maintain privacy on your computer, you should consider either a bios password, or encryption for your drive or files. It is extremely easy to find out a Windows login password, and with the right tools it can take less than 10 minutes. So if you are keeping your Windows login password pnly to protect your data from thieves, don’t bother. If you are sharing a computer and want your own desktop, keep it.

How to set up automatic login:

Hold down the Windows Key on the left lower side of your keyboard, and touch the r key.

In the pop-up box type in ‘control userpasswords2′ with the space and minus the quotation marks followed by the enter key.

If a user account control box pops up, you will have to authenticate yourself via password or give it permission to let what you are doing continue. How to eliminate the UAC irritation is coming to an article for your viewing pleasure soon.

Select your account from the list that appears.

Uncheck the box that says ‘Users must enter a username and password to use this computer).

Click Apply.

A window appears telling you that you can set up your computer so that users do not have to type a username and password. You must then specify the username and their password. Click OK.

Two other things that I have found helpful that have worked for me personally. I don’t guarantee these to work as I have only used them 4 or 5 times.

In the bottom of the user accounts box that first appears there is a note telling you that if you wish to change your password you can hit ctrl-alt-delete to reset your password. If you do that a screen will appear with a number of options. Choose change password.

The next screen that appears will have your user name filled in, and blanks for the following fields.

Old Password

New Password

Confirm Password

Type in your old password. Leave new password and confirm password blank.

Hit the little arrow, or ok, or whatever appears at the bottom that isn’t cancel.

One other thing I have found helpful. Do the same thing when setting up a new computer. When the password screen comes up, simply type in your username and leave the password boxes empty.

In summary automatic login is a time-saver for those who don’t share a computer.

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