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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

How to easily Bypass the Windows Vista Boot/Logon Screen?

If Windows Vista has ever booted on your computer, then you are familiar with the boot screen. Vista will display the logon screen in case there are multiple user accounts or if the single
user has set up a password. Of course that the simplest way to circumvent the Windows Vista logon screen, if you own the only user account on your machine, is to do without the password. This will cause the operating system to not display a logon screen during start up. A single user with no password will be automatically logged on.

But if you share your machine with other users then you might also want to have Windows Vista directly logon into your account, or one of the accounts. There are of course various reasons for doing this. If you find yourself hugging the machine while the other users rarely use it, then you might want to skip the logon screen.

Additionally, even if you are the sole users, you still might have set up a password just to have access to added functionality like remote connections. You wouldn't be able to connect remotely to a Windows Vista account that is not password protected.

Anyway, if you were expecting a hack I have to disappoint you. This is nothing more than simple account management. You will have to click the Start sphere, then enter “cmd” in the search box. In the Command Prompt window write “control userpasswords2” and hit enter.

Windows Vista will now ask you to elevate the privileges of the process so do it and you will be face to face with a window for User Accounts. Toward the top you will be able to see the option “users must enter a username and password to use this computer.” Select the account you wish to alter and then uncheck the option. You will then be prompted with an Automatically Log On window, in which you will have to enter your name and password.


  1. Anonymous said,

    Not sure about the story, but a little assistance would be appreciated. We have a single Vista machine, with multiple users accounts, in a domain. Currently, at machine startup, the user is presented with Ctrl-Alt-Del, which then takes the user to the classic logon (username/password). Due to the domain configuration, each user has to type in "domain"\username and password to log into there personalized desktop. Is there a way to change the logon screen (@ computer startup) to show icons for each user account, which would enable the user to simply click her/his name, leading to the entering of that user's password?

    on 5/13/2007 12:31 AM

  2. Jason S said,

    Yes Ronin, that will be possible - But only in a NON-network connected system.

    Since, you say that the system is connected to the network - Windows will NOT allow the system to boot from a iconic Start-up screen.


    on 5/13/2007 2:30 PM

  3. Anonymous said,

    I have a mixed XP-Vista network, having recently added a single Vista machine. I am having fits getting the Vista machine to see the other computers and them to see it. Must a user log on with a password to get this networking capability to work?

    on 9/25/2007 7:30 PM

  4. phillip,

    download and install the "Link Layer Topology Discovery" patch from microsoft and install on all the XP systems. its a vary quick setup and doesnt require a restart. also chk the network settings on ur vista system under the network and sharing center dialog. enable the forst 3 and disable password protected sharing.

    u shud be able to resolve ur issues very quickly.

    on 4/03/2008 11:32 PM

  5. Anonymous said,

    Vista and xp have different workgroup names that they work from on the network. Your xp machines will most likely be "workgroup" and your vista machines will be "mshome". Change them to match, and you'll see the other computers on your network. ;)

    on 8/23/2008 7:56 PM

  6. Unknown said,

    i need help with boot password i dont remember boot password how i can get rid of it?

    on 10/26/2008 4:49 PM

  7. rupali kaur said,

    thnQ so so much...

    i had lost my vista password n dint knw how to recover it.. n it was ages since i used my lappy.. n nw only followin ur steps i have cracked it.. thnQ so muchhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh serious..............

    on 5/21/2009 4:41 PM

  8. Robert Thomson said,

    i am the only user on my vista pc and each time i put in my password to logon the the desktop screen its incorrect so i cant log onto my pc atal and i dont have a reboot disk,, what can i do?

    on 6/25/2009 9:50 AM

  9. Davi said,

    For your Windows Vista administrator password?
    I had also faced the same problem,
    I succeed in reseting my Windows Vista password using Windows password Seeker

    1.Download Windows Password Recovery Tool 3.0 from Password Seeker Official site

    2.Decompress the Windows password Recovery Tool and note that there is an .ISO image file. Burn the image file onto an blank CD with the burner freely supported by Password Seeker.

    3.Insert the newly created CD into the locked computer and re-boot it from the CD drive.

    4.After launched the CD, a window pop up with all your account names(if you have several accounts) select one of the accounts that you have forgotten its password to reset it. Just one press, you have removed the password.

    You can try, Good luck!

    on 5/12/2010 12:37 PM

  10. Windows Password said,

    Well in this case there are many round about ways to possibly reset login password, all fraught with peril... I would suggest that you download & burn yourself a Password "Recovery" disk. You may have to use a friends PC to do this. You can get a Password Reset disc download and burn to CD. Copy/paste the address below, into your address bar of your browser.

    Download this file and burn it to CD. Put into drive and turn on PC, and boot from the CD. Follow instructions, choose the correct USER. & BLANK the password. make sure you say OK to write the data, and reboot. The windows logon password will now be reset blank.

    on 5/20/2010 9:22 AM