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Windows 7 AutoLogon and Bypass

01/03/11

Permalink 02:30:39 pm by guy, Categories: Windows, Random Stuff , Tags: autologin, autologon, win7, windows 7

Before Windows 7 (I’m not sure about Vista) you used to be able to setup AutoLogon/Autologin to work by doing some registry hacks like this:

Code:

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"AutoAdminlogon"="1"
"DefaultUserName"="theUsername"
"DefaultPassword"="thePassword"
"DefaultDomainName"="yourDomain"
"ForceAutoLogon"="1"
"IgnoreShiftOverride"="0"

While this does still work for Windows 7, it is no longer possible to bypass it by simply holding down the shift key during the login process.

The quick solution, and one that I didn’t believe until I tried it, is to alternate pushing the left and right shift keys instead of just holding one of them down. I don’t know if it is a timing issue or what, but this did work for me on Windows 7 x64.

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