Last year we wrote a guide on automatically logging and locking your PC. We tested it on Windows 7 but it required some tedious steps. If you have multiple PCs then following that guide on each one of them can be irksome. AddictiveTips reader, JM felt the same way and created a simple automated installer to install it without touching the registry or manually copying files.
FastLogon is a command line program where you have to provide your Windows password to install the script. Once done, restart your PC and you will see that Windows will automatically login and lock your computer. This saves time because you will not have to wait for all startup items to load when you actually return to use your computer.
According to JM, this program does the following:
- It writes the files to the WINDOWS directory.
- It makes these files the new shell (one for normal and one for safe mode = 2 files)
- It makes your computer auto-login to WINDOWS so you don’t have to login twice (once normally, second because of the lock).
Please note that it has only been tested on Windows 7. It will also work on Windows XP and Vista but we are unsure, if it works let us know in the comments.
This program has been written in C++ with Visual Studio 2010, so if you cannot run this program (and receive either MSVCP100.DLL or MSVCR100.DLL errors), please install MS Visual C++ redistributable package from Microsoft for free – both for x64 and for x86 systems.
Update: The developer has updated the application to V2 which fixes the double password bug and is completely stable. Below you will find the small changelog:
- The application logs more to console now.
- The application does more error checking now.
- The application checks for a valid WINDOWS password now.
- Some code cleanup.