Windows 8 logo from www.oostdam.infoWindows 8 is a very nice product to my opinion. It is based on the previous 7 version but it can use apps instead of programs, but there is a full compatibility. Every program that runs on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8 as well. This product is amazing. Microsoft improved it in so many ways that a new set of articles will appear on this site the next couple of weeks. I love it, and this experience is only based on the beta developer version. Lets hope the RTM and final release will be available soon. I'm afraid it will not be until autumn 2012.

Now in this article I would like to share with you the way to logon automatically with your account. Assuming you have acces to to the register and have an administrator role. The reason I wanted to sort this out, is that I'm doing a lot of testing in the Windows 8 Beta Developer and that gives a lot of re-boots and restoring Snapshots. And now, after a couple of weeks that this version is out, I got tired with it. !  Yes, those little things can irritate me sometimes, but I decided to publish this article as I'am aware that a lot of home/end-users are often using this kind of functionality for their home computers.

Please keep in mind and be aware that setting the logon to automatic, and it is stolen, or lost in case of a tablet, your data must be considered as lost and public available. Therefore I advise you to only do this to test-computers that don't contain any data or personal stuff. Logon with your Live ID will compromise all your mail, personal data and access to websites as well. Please decide for your own, but I warned you!

Now how do you set this up:
You open the Windows 8 - register ( as it is a kind of hack ofcourse ) Do I still have to explain how to do that?
I guess not, but you could try typing "Regedit" in the "Search Programs and Files" just above the start button.
If you are not familiar with editing the register? Backup before making any changes to it!

Now, browse to the following key: ( just like in the picture below )
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersions\Winlogon

Windows 8 - the way to logon automatically and how to do it! -

Now there are 3 register keys that take care of the automatic logon procedure in Windows 8.

The "AutoAdminLogon" key should be set to the value 1
Therefore it is essential that the account you are using needs to have the administrator role on the computer that you are using.

The "DefaultUsername" is the actual place where your account name is stored for the current logon. This is the same as the registerkey "LastUsedUsername". Now please pay attention. In the above example, I used my Live ID (with the wrong password) as the username. The prefix(domain) is "WindowsLiveID" which is rather the same handeled as a normal domainname. It can be the normal (private) PC name as well ofcourse. This is the logonname you are going to use I suppose.

By default, the last key is not present. Right-click a white space in the right pane and and click "New" to create a new key and choose "String Value". Rename the key to "DefaultPassword" and type in your password for the logon account as the value for this registerkey. The picture above is clear, just look at the arrows and use it......

Close the register and start-up your PC/Tablet again! and notice how good it works!

A little special section for (Enterprise)Administrators:
- Consider disabling the registry for you (domain)users.
- Instead of "WindowsLiveID" your domainname can be used.
- Setup the above keys as GPO to your companies whishes.
- Arrange that your monitoring tools is checking these register settings on being the way you like them.
- And see my waring in bold characters above,....

So,.. another new feature in Windows 8 and yes, I like it!

Hopes this article has helped you, and getting you enthusiastic for Windows 8 as much as I already am! 


Ben OostdamBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. Worked for several companies as a system administrator, and is currently a Senior Engineer for Qurius Professional Services Infrastructure in the Netherlands specialized in System Center Solutions.

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