Windows® 2000 Auto Logon
Are you interested in knowing about the benefits of the Auto Logon feature in Windows® 2000?
Auto Logon is a feature of the Windows®2000 operating system that allows a user to bypass the ‘logon’ dialog box and automatically log on to the server. Windows® 2000 has a registry setting that forces automatic logon and ignores bypass attempts. With the help of Auto Logon in Windows® 2000, the user also has the option of loading a system in Safe Mode. It directly interacts with WinLogon to ensure that no other application can intercept the logon data.
You need to understand the following points while setting up Auto Logon in Windows® 2000:
- Enabling Auto Logon in Windows® 2000
- Benefits of Auto Logon in Windows® 2000
- Disadvantages of Auto Logon in Windows® 2000
Enabling Auto Logon in Windows® 2000
A user can enable the automatic logon feature in Windows® 2000 by storing a password and other important information in the registry database. Registry Editor can be used to enable Auto Logon in Windows® 2000. For this, start ‘Regedt32.exe’ and then locate the ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon’ command. Then, double-click the ‘DefaultUserName’ icon, type your username, and click ‘OK’. Next, double-click the ‘DefaultDomainName’ entry, type your domain name, and then click ‘OK’. After this, double-click the ‘DefaultPassword’ entry, type your password, and then click ‘OK’. In the next step, click ‘Add Value’ in the ‘Edit Menu’, type ‘AutoAdminLogon’ in the ‘Value Name’ box, and then click ‘REG_SZ’ for data type. Type ‘1’ in the ‘String’ box and save the changes. Quit ‘Regedt32.exe’ and shut down your computer. And, finally, restart your computer and Windows® 2000 with the Auto Logon feature.
Benefits of Auto Logon in Windows® 2000
The Auto Logon feature in Windows® 2000 is useful for managing web accounts. This convenient feature allows the user to save time while submitting an account. It also saves the user from the hassle of remembering passwords. With the Auto Logon feature in Windows® 2000, the user can always log on to websites with just one click, which improves the quality of web browsing. In addition, it is beneficial for the users who do not share computers, as well as for networks that have one default logon for their users.
The major problem associated with the Auto Logon feature in Windows® 2000 is the security risk. If the user sets a computer to Auto Logon, any person who can physically obtain access to the computer can gain access to all sorts of content, including private and confidential data, on the computer. In other words, unauthorized users can also work on someone else’s system with the help of the Auto Logon feature in Windows® 2000. However, this feature does not work when the user logs on to a domain.