AutoLogon specifies the account to use to log on to a computer automatically.
AutoLogon credentials are deleted from the unattended installation answer file after Windows Setup is complete.
In Windows 10, if you configure
AutoLogon, the OS will skip the user account creation phase during OOBE. This is a change from previous versions of Windows.
In addition, the account creation phase during OOBE is skipped in all versions of Windows when at least one user account is created through the
UserAccounts section of the same unattend file. This change only applies when no user account is created by unattend such as when setting
AutoLogon for a built-in or existing account like Administrator or Guest. In these scenarios, Microsoft recommends using unattend to create at least one user account in the Administrators group to ensure that the device can be managed after the autologon is complete.
AutoLogon is disabled on computers that are delivered to customers.
It is not necessary to explicitly enable the built-in Administrator account or specify an autologon of the account using an answer file in order to run commands in the auditSystem and auditUser passes. Doing so can prevent the image or device from entering the Out-Of-Box Experience (OOBE) successfully. When booting into Audit Mode, the built-in Administrator account is automatically enabled, is used to run scripts during auditUser pass by default, and is used to sign in automatically.
For more information about the built-in administrator account, see the How to Enable and Disable the Built-in Administrator Account topic in the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) Technical Reference.
These settings are valid for upgrades.
|Domain||Specifies the domain to which the computer is logging on.|
|Enabled||Specifies whether the automatic logon process is enabled.|
|LogonCount||Specifies the number of times that the account has been used.
|Password||Specifies the password for the account that is used for automatic logon.|
|Username||Specifies the user account name that is used for automatic logon.|
Valid Configuration Passes
Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup | AutoLogon
For a list of the Windows editions and architectures that this component supports, see Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup. This setting is not configured in a Nano Server image.
The following XML output shows how to set automatic logon.
<AutoLogon> <Password> <Value>MyPassword</Value> </Password> <Domain>FabrikamDomain</Domain> <Enabled>true</Enabled> <LogonCount>2</LogonCount> <Username>MyUserName</Username> </AutoLogon>