Personally, I find the feature of Windows allowing users to disable the logon screen, totally unsecure. When you enter the password on the logon screen, it takes some time to load windows explorer and all startup programs. This can also be quite annoying and time consuming. So what is the solution?
There should be a way to auto login and then auto lock Windows, so that when you hit the Power button and return a few minutes later to login, you won’t need to wait for all those startup programs to load.
Thankfully, there is a brilliant tweak that makes it possible and is a must have for every geek out there. Auto Logon & Lock has been tested to work on both Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit) and Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit).
The installation is quite easy, I have created a simple screencast below which will walk you through the installation and configuration procedure. You will need to reboot the system to test it.
Using this tweak has multiple benefits, some of them include:
- Faster boot time.
- Automatically resume downloads if your computer restarts due to power failure.
- Protect ‘Safe Mode’ and ‘Safe Mode with Command Prompt’(Existing Auto Logon methods leave Safe Mode unprotected).
- It locks the desktop before Windows Explorer is started(Other methods auto lock after all startup programs have finished loading which can take several minutes).