Windows Vista Autologin with netplwiz

For the previous incarnation of Windows, you could use the little powertoys called tweakui provided by Microsoft to tweak your system including the autologin feature. It helped automate your startup process and frees up your time to do something else like mix a cup of coffee while the computer boots up.

Unfortunately, for Windows Vista, no programmer in Microsoft has provided any power toys so far for tweaking this little feature, and neither did Total Idea’s TweakVI.

Some people suggested removing password altogether to avoid having to login with a password. But what if in a networked environment where you want other colleague to login with a password to your shared folders so as to limit the number of people you would like to have access to your shared folders?

So here’s a little neat trick to make Windows login automatically. It is so simple to do I guess the programmers just never bothered to come up with any power toys just for this function. To enable the auto login just follow the below steps. And voila! The whole boot up process now transit from startup to the desktop without having to pause and wait for you to key in your login password.

Windows Vista autologin using netplwiz

For Windows Vista:

  1. Click Start
  2. Type netplwiz in the search-box and press enter.
  3. Select the user you want to auto-login automatically and then uncheck the box reading “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer”.
  4. Enter your password when prompted leave empty if none.
  5. Click OK.

Cheerio!

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One Response to “Windows Vista Autologin with netplwiz”

  1. R King says:

    This worked fine but now my computer won’t sleep. Re-establishing the password didn’t help. any idea? Vista SP1

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