In order to auto logon on a Windows Server even by a reboot or reset you need to change some settings in the registry. There are many reasons you might need this functionality. For instance; you have an application running on a Windows Server which is only starting or running when a user is logged on.
To enable auto logon for a specific user account follow these steps:
- Run regedit.exe
- Navigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\winlogon
- Create or edit the following keys:
AutoAdminLogon ‘1’ (DWORD)
DefaultUserName ‘username’ (STRING)
DefaultPassword ‘password’ (STRING)
DefaultDomainName ‘domain.fqdn’ (STRING)
- Reboot and Voila!
The only drawback of this method is that your password is readable in clear text in your registry. If that is a huge security risk for some reason, you could consider using Autologon from sysinternals or another application which is doing the same.