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How to enable an administrator to log on automatically in Recovery Console

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This article was previously published under Q312149
This step-by-step article describes how to configure an automatic administrator logon for Recovery Console. If you configure an automatic administrator logon, anyone can use Recovery Console to access your computer. They will not be prompted for an administrative password.

Configure automatic administrator logon for Recovery Console

To set an automatic administrator logon for the Recovery Console, complete the following steps while you are logged on with administrative credentials:
  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. Click Switch to Classic View in the right pane, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Local Security Policy.
  3. Expand Security Settings, expand Local Policies, and then click Security Options.
  4. Double-click the Recovery Console: Allow automatic administrative logon policy, and then set it to Enable.

    The policy is effective immediately. Make sure that you reopen the Local Security Policy snap-in to make sure that the effective setting for the policy is "Enabled."
The next time that you start to Recovery Console, you are not prompted for a password.

After you complete this procedure, the SecurityLevel DWORD registry value data is set to 1 in the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Setup\RecoveryConsole
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Article ID: 312149 - Last Review: 07/15/2004 17:32:27 - Revision: 3.2

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