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Restarting a computer using a batch file and log into a user account

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This is a continuation of a previous question.

I've setup Windows Task Scheduler to run a small batch file that restarts a computer that needs to be restarted on a regular/automatic schedule.

shutdown /r

Works beautifully as a .BAT file.

What can i add to this code to actually logon as a specified user after the machine restarts:

DomainName\GenericUserName


As always, Thanks in advance EE!
jpertchik
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You have to configure group policy for this to use in windows ,dos doesn't have a logon ,if You use Novell ,this is implemented by their policy too
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Look over this website.

You could add the registry settings to a script that runs with your batch.

http://www.petri.co.il/configuring_autologon.htm

You could have a startup script that also clears the registry settings if you want.
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HomerTNachoCheese,

I went to the site you mentioned. This is Win 7 and the keys look somewhat different. See attached screen cap, Please advise what to change.

Thanks,
jpertchik
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The keys are exactly the same for Vista and W7.

If you prefer a more secure way (because the password is not stored in the reg key shown), download AutoLogon from www.sysinternals.com (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963905), and either set it up manually using the GUI, or via commandline:
  autologon user domain password
It needs to run on the PC it should change AutoLogon, but I reckon this is not an issue here.
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These were partial answers that were given. I decided to go with the answer to a previous question. It was so similar in nature minus the automatic log in. It is not needed at this point.
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