Vista Automatic Logon

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John Wesley Asquith

I'm trying to use Task Scheduler and want it to automatically startup
after a reboot (like maybe caused by a power failure). But I can't find
a way to get Vista to automatically log me on after a restart.

I did a search and it came up with the right words but the "help" links
led nowhere...non-existent files and information.

Anyone know how to make Vista automatically log on a user so an
unattended computer will continue with its Task Scheduler agenda without
requiring that someone be there to give it a logon password?

Any help will be appreciated.

John Wesley Asquith

Thanks very much, it worked like a charm. The "help" feature in Vista
leads nowhere when trying to set automatic logon.

Now if I can only get Task Scheduler to also automatically log me in
then my system can survive a reboot and continue on with the scheduled

Believe me, I'm no dummy with PCs although not a expert by any means.
But the Vista help features are seemingly developed for some other
operating system. Bill Gates should be ashamed of himself.

John Wesley Asquith

My problem with Task Scheduler is that is won't enable a task unless you
give it the password of the user who owns the task. Hence, a
user-scheduled task won't take place until one opens up the task, makes
some fake change to it, and then give it the password it demands.

I have tried all the Task Scheduler security settings, radio buttons,
etc. It just won't enable the task without my opening it up and giving
it a password. Until I've given it my administrator password the
history log just says something like "Unknown User or Bad Password".
I've also tried to have Vista automatically log me into the Task
Scheduler executable in the system32 directory but that doesn't work


John Wesley Asquith

I think I've fixed the problem. In the "General" tab I select the radio
button "Run only when the user is logged on" and it seems to
automatically enable the task. If I select the button "Run whether the
user is logged on or not" it won't enable it, even though I'm actually
logged on.

Very frustrating because I run a web site and use scripts extensively to
update the site. If I can't make Task Scheduler work reliably then I am
up a creek without even half a paddle.

Maybe this "fix" I just described will solve my problems.

Thanks for you interest and help.


RedHead said:
This works great for a single user but what happens when I want to log
back in as another user that needs a password? Good fix for what I was
looking for but now a little stuck.

Because you're posting from one of those websites that purports to be a
"forum" but is really just scraping Usenet posts, the previous posts in
this thread aren't visible to those of us who access Usenet using real
newsreaders (which means most of us).

So no one knows what "this works great" refers to. I'll give you the
standard "how to access Usenet" boilerplate below but in the meantime,
I'm going to guess that you used control userpasswords2 to set up an
automatic logon. If my guess is correct, hold down the Shift key and
that should bypass the automatic logon. I say "should" because that is
what works in XP and I don't have a Vista box on right now to test for you.

If I guessed wrong, then please post back with a full description of
your problem.

Since you are using the web interface, you may not realize that this is
really a newsgroup. You will get far more out of this resource if you
learn to use a newsreader. There are many good newsreaders for Windows,
but you can use Outlook Express (XP) or Windows Mail (Vista) since you
already have it. Here are some links to information about newsgroups:

About Usenet: - Usenet FAQs from the Internet FAQ Archives - a brief
explanation of newsgroups

Outlook Express/Windows Mail as Newsreader:

How to Post: - How to Ask a Question - How Not to Get Technical Help
on Usenet - list of MS newsgroups - MS group to test if your newsreader is
working properly - how to munge email address - crossposting - multiposting

Other Newsreaders for Windows: - for Forte - Thunderbird


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