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Changing the Windows Vista Default Logon Account

Vista LogoIt appears that changing the Windows Vista default logon account or removing the auto-login completely is a tricky thing to do.

In this article, you will learn how to enable auto-logon, select a default account for auto-logon, or turn off the auto-logon feature. 

 

  • Click the Vista 'Start' Icon to display the menu
  • In the Search box type netplwiz and press Enter

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  • Choose Continue at the User Account Control confirmation box
  • Place a check in the box next to Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer. 
    • Checking the box allows you to select a different account for auto-logon.
    • Or, if you want to disable auto-logon, simply click OK, and you are finished!

User Logon

  • To change the default auto-logon account, Click on the user's name to highlight the account.
  • Uncheck the box next to Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.
  • Click Apply
  • In the popup window, enter the password for the selected user account (if it has one) and confirm the password.
  • Click OK

The next time the computer is restarted, Vista will automatically login the user that was selected.