How can I create an automatic logon for Windows 7 (including if the computer is on a workgroup)?

How can I create an automatic logon for Windows 7 32-bit (including if the computer is on a workgroup)?

Looking for a freeware program that will allow me to do this or a set of instructions on how this can be done.

In Windows XP this can be done using Windows XP Power Toys (a free Microsoft program).

Is there such a thing as Windows 7 Power Toys (from Microsoft)?

How can this be done in Windows 7?
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Dave4125Connect With a Mentor Commented:
You can start up the old user accounts applet by going to run and typing in control userpasswords2. Then you can set it to autologin there.
Jerod SandersonConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Launch Regedit.
Navigate to:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\winlogon
Set: AutoAdminLogon = 1
set the Administrator's password.
Create a new String Value called DefaultPassword

Set: DefaultPassword = "P@ssw0rd".

Check for the existence of a REG_SZ called DefaultUserName.  The value should reflect the user who you wish to logon automatically.  If this value does not exist, then right-click in the right pane, New, REG_SZ, name it, DefaultUserName.  Set the string value to the required UserName.
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You can see if TweakVI will do what you are after:
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_Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Also, you might find what you need this way:

Press Win + R to access Run -> type in “control userpasswords2” -> Enter.

In the User Accounts windows that has just appeared before you, uncheck “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” -> OK.

You will have to confirm your password for the OS to process the modifications.
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I typing really slow tonight.   : /
Try AutoLogon from Sysinternals. It's available here:
IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Does anyone else have any futher comments or suggestions?
Dave4125Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Using control userpasswords2 doesn't require any additional software. I'd stick to that.
Thank you much.    : )
I was just going to mention I know AutoLogon will encrypt the password in the registry. I'm not sure about the other methods.
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