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 Enter

Step 2: Expand the Registry Tree to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Step 3: Modify (or create) the following keys:

  • DefaultUserName
  • DefaultPassword
  • DefaultDomainName
  • AutoAdminLogin

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

Step 4: Close the registry editor and reboot the machine, then it will automatically log in!

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!

Rutledge Daugette

Founder & CEO

Founder of TechRaptor with a love of video games (B.S. in Game Programming) and technology. Started TechRaptor to create a place where people could come for quality content.