If you're like me, you have services like Plex Media Server running on your PC at home that you need to be logged in to have running, and there's a simple way to do that (which you can find here). But say you have a business process that runs off of a domain account, and you have to be logged in for it to run, such as the Rapattoni Scheduler? That is a bit more complex, but can easily be done with some registry edits. Here's how to set up Auto Login for a Domain user account!
Step 1: Open up the Registry Editor
Press the Start Button and type "regedit" and hit EnterStep 2: Expand the Registry Tree to
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinlogonStep 3: Modify (or create) the following keys:
If any of the above are missing, you should add them as a String (REG_SZ). If AutoLogonCount exists, it should be deleted as well. Here's how they should be filled out:
- DefaultUserName = the username you'd like to log in automatically with
- DefaultPassword = the above user's password
- DefaultDomainName = the domain name (same as if logging into a machine)
- AutoAdminLogin = 1
Note: If the password changes, it will have to be changed in the registry as well.
There you have it, the way to log in automatically with a domain account!