Automatic logins can speed up a system’s or website’s log in process significantly. You do however need to remember that it can also be a security risk, for instance if the computer is shared with multiple family members, accessible by others in an office, or if there is the chance that it gets stolen or lost.
If you are using a computer running Windows 7 on your own, you may prefer to automatically log in to the operating system instead of having to enter your account password all the time. This is first a manual task that slows down the login, and second something that is not really protecting your data from being accessed by third parties, as there are none who may take advantage of it.
While you could use a software to configure the automatic login in Windows, I’d suggest you use native tools of the operating system. Let me explain how it is done:
Configure Automatic Login into Windows 7
When you are logged in do the following. Use the windows-r shortcut to bring up the system’s run box. Type control userpasswords2 into the box and tap on the enter key afterwards. This should bring up the User Accounts control panel applet.
Select the user account that you want to configure the automatic login for, and uncheck the “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” box. Click ok afterwards to end the process.
This basically lets you bypass the logon screen that you usually see when you log into Windows. Keep in mind that you may still see the screen if more than one account is configured on the system. When you do however click on the account that you have configured this way, you will notice that Windows starts to load its environment right away without further interaction.