I would like to power up my laptop and have it automatically boot up to my one account. I can achieve this by not having a password set on that account. This Works great when I am home alone. The machine completely boots up and is ready for use without any intervention (and I can go and grab a coffee!).
The problem is that without a password I have lost security when I am travelling with the laptop, and there are problems accessing my local network.
On the other hand, with a password, boot-up is in to stages: boot to the login screen, and then log in to the account. This requires an intervention in the middle of booting up.
Is it possible to have the best of both of both worlds: Power up, auto-login to my password-protected account, but go to a locked state, that requires my password to unlock? How can I achieve this?
I am using Windows 7 home premium on an Dell XPS M1710.