Auto login not working with Win XP Pro SP3

I have a number of robots which are actually computers running xp sp3 which are connected to a windows 2003 server domain.,

I would like these computers to auto-log in when the power is first applied, using a domain account, instead of stopping at the log in screen.

I've gone to the users section of the control panel and the message You can not change this users password appears.  I suspect that's because the user is a domain account.

Can anyone help?
pcalabriaAsked:
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David Johnson, CD, MVPRetiredCommented:
use the sysinternals autologin to perform the login
Andrew LeniartFreelance JournalistCommented:
Can also be done manually using Windows registry editor.

You just need to modify the DefaultUserName, DefaultPasswordType, and AutoAdminLogon values.

Step by step instructions on how to do that can be found here:

https://www.wikihow.com/Enable-Automatic-Logon-in-Windows-XP#Using_Registry_Editor_sub

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
arnoldCommented:
To Andrew's point

HkeyLocal_machine\software\microsoft\windows nt\windowslogon
Here you set the default user, default fo ain, default password
ForceAutologin=1
Forceadminlogon=1


When going through the user control panel, if memory serves you can set that the default account with...
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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
AutoLogin is preferable, because the password is stored encrypted in the credential vault instead of plain text in registry ...
pcalabriaAuthor Commented:
I tried the registry method first.. since I know how to modify the registry and has no idea what the sysinternals were...

The registry method gives me a message that the roaming profile could not be found.. sounds like I need to hole sysinternals
arnoldCommented:
The user you are trying to login has issue with its permissions on the server where the users folder files are.

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Qlemo"Batchelor", Developer and EE Topic AdvisorCommented:
SysInternals AutoLogin will not help with that privilege or network access issue.
The user is able to log in manually?
arnoldCommented:
Hdoes this system have the user hive cleanup install,this is a service that exists in the newer version deals with unloading the user's profile on logout so that it could be sync up without issues.
Often apps, dll get stuck .......

Do you need the auto login user to have a roaming profiles?

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