How To Turn On Remote Desktop Automatic Logon in Windows XP

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This article describes how to turn on Remote Desktop automatic logon. By default, this version of Windows XP is configured to prompt each user to enter a password when connecting through the Remote Desktop client. This behavior holds true even when a correct user name and password are entered in the Remote Desktop Connection box before logon. This article describes how to alter this behavior.

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Enable Remote Desktop Logon

To allow automatic logon to a computer running this version of Windows XP through Remote Desktop, follow these steps while logged on as an Administrator:
  1. Click Start, click Run, type MMC, and then press ENTER.
  2. Click File, and then click Add/Remove Snap-in.
  3. Click Add, select Group Policy, click Add, and then click Finish.
  4. Click Close, and then click OK.
  5. Navigate to the following directory:
    Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/Windows Components/Terminal Services/Encryption and Security
  6. Double-click Always prompt client for password upon connection.
  7. Click the Disabled box, and then click OK. You may now quit the MMC snap-in. Remote Desktop clients should now be able to connect to this Windows XP computer using the automatic logon feature of the Remote Desktop client.
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Article ID: 281262 - Last Review: 12/05/2015 23:02:24 - Revision: 2.5

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