XP Auto-Login

I needed to setup a Windows XP PC as a media-center type platform, and to automatically login on reboot. After a little bit of digging on the Internet discovered a number of different sets of instructions To resolve, I have summarised below ...

Setup a user account to Automatically Log On

  1. From Start > Run...
  2. Open: control userpasswords2, press OK
userpasswords2
  1. Uncheck the "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" checkbox
  2. press OK ...

You will be presented with the "Automatically Log On" dialog

auto_log_on
  1. Type in the "User name"
  2. Type in the "Password"
  3. "Confirm Password"
  4. press OK ...

    Voila ... Good luck!