Not prompted for password at startup

Posted on 2000-02-21
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Last Modified: 2013-12-28
I have one PC that won't display the password-box on startup.

I have a MS Network with a NT4 server. Using a Dell Latitude XPi.

After first startup I entered my name and a password. I have "Widows Network" as network type.
I rebbot the PC and it starts up, but don't ask for a PW. I get directly into Windows. Clicking on start shows among all other entries "Log out Ernefors..." but I can't reach anything on the network because my password is not entered.
I then choose "Log out.." and get the password box, enters password and everything works perfect. The next day I start my PC and it don't ask me for PW.. The same procedure as above make everything work!!

I have changed the settings in Control panel to "Windows Login" but no change, I have removed all PWL-files - no change, I have removed everything from the Network in COntrol Panel and reinstalling it (after rebooting) - no change. I have reinstalled Windows from a Microsoft retail CD - no change...

I'm a bit frustrated here, needing to login twice each morning.

Appreciate any help!!
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celtics earned 210 total points
ID: 2542237
Read this article from
and see if it points you in the right direction.

Automatic Logon without Name or Password (Windows 9x)
This setting allows Windows clients to logon without entering a user name or password, therefore bypassing the logon box.

1. Using Regedit, open the key below.

2. Create a new String Value, and name it 'Default Password'.

3. Modify the data of 'Default Password' to match the default users password.

The default username is stored at:
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Network\Logon] - Username

4. Reboot and the system should automatically logon.

Note: The password is stored in clear text, therefore anyone with access to the registry can see the default password!

Registry Settings:
Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
Value Name: Default Password
Data Type: REG_SZ


Author Comment

ID: 2542299
Thanks, but that is the opposite of my problem. I DO WANT a login-box, not get rid of it.

Anyway your link helped me solve the problem by giving a few Registry-keys that affect the login.

It was a value called "Autologin" that was set to "00", changing it to "01" made things work!


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Expert Comment

ID: 2542411
Sorry, I did not clarify well enough.  I realized what you were trying to do, but I could not find an article related to removing the automatic login so I provided that article in hopes of pointing you to the registry key that was causing the problems.  My mistake, glad the problem is fixed.

Author Comment

ID: 2542515
Thanks, but that is the opposite of my problem. I DO WANT a login-box, not get rid of it.

Anyway your link helped me solve the problem by giving a few Registry-keys that affect the login.

It was a value called "Autologin" that was set to "00", changing it to "01" made things work!


Author Comment

ID: 2542530
The answer was the opposite of the wanted one, but actually helped solving the problem, thank you for the link Celtics!!

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