Username doesnt show on logon screen

Posted on 2004-11-03
Last Modified: 2010-04-10
When I was using my computer in a WORKGROUP, everytime I logged in it would already have my username there, making it easy to just put in my password.  I am the only user for this PC also.
Now that I joined it to the company DOMAIN, whenever I boot up my PC and get to the log on screen, I have to enter my username each time.  Is there a setting for this to let me set it where I can have my username show up automatically again with a DOMAIN PC?  Is it picking up the DOMAINS group policies which has a setting to not keep the username each time a user logs on.


Question by:cjjimbos
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    by:Lee W, MVP
    your computer could be under a domain policy indicating it should not display the last user name to logon.  See:

    Otherwise, if you have admin access to the machine you can edit the registry and make sure the feature is enabled - see:

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    in the domain controller, start>program>manage tool>domain controller security policy>windows settings>security setting>local policy>security option, at the right windows, you can find the policy record: do not display last user name in logon screen, disable it.

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    I did disable the policy, but it still doesnt save the username.  All other computers are leaving last username logged in.  But this laptop isnt?  Plus, when I go into regedit, it shows his name as default username, yet it doesnt show it when prompt at log on screen.
    Any other suggestions.
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    Accepted Solution

    if his local security policy enable it, it won't yet show it.
    Pls check local security policy:
    (windows xp): start>control panel>Performance and Maintenance>administrative tools>local security policy>security settings>security options, at the right windows, disable the item: Do not display last user name.

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