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How to Set the Default Windows Logon Option

We currently use this to allow computer labs to auto login to generic network accounts when the computer is turned on.

Administrators often want to set a domain as the default selection in the Windows logon screen for all users. This can be easily achieved by following these instructions:

Windows XP / Server 2003:

Set the value of the registry entry “DefaultDomainName” under “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon” to be the name of the domain which you want to be the default selection.

Windows Vista / Server 2008:

  1. Open Group Policy Object Editor (Start – > Run > gpedit.msc > click OK)
  2. Expand Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon
  3. Change the “Assign a default domain at logon” to Enabled and enter your chosen domain.
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Cory Fiala

Technology and outdoor enthusiast. Currently the sole systems administrator for a local K-12 school district with 800+ staff and 5,500+ students. I support windows servers (2012R2-2022), Linux systems (FreeBSD and Ubuntu), along with vSphere (4 node cluster). Total is almost 60 virtual machines and 8 physical servers. This doesn't include my personal homelab.

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