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Short Question
Is there a way to configure Windows 7 to auto log on when launched as a virtual machine, but require a log in when boot natively (ie from Boot Camp?)?

System Information
Operating System(s): Mac OS X Lion
Windows 7 Pro 64 bit

VM Software:
Parallels 7 + Boot Camp

Current thoughts
My gut it telling me this is not possible, however I would still like to know because logging in multiple times through out the day after I am already logged into OS X is becoming annoying. Please note, I still want Windows to prompt if it is launched via Boot Camp.

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Unfortunately, not from the Windows side. The benefit of a virtual machine is that the underlying OS is not aware that it is running in a VM in the first place.

VMware has to provide a paravirtualization capability (it sort of does, but mostly for I/O performance) in order for the guest OS to implement that functionality.

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This is what I figured, but figured someone might have a found a way to tell a difference at boot. –  Adam Lewis Sep 13 '11 at 17:54
    
You should petition VMware. They update their device drivers as fast as an 800 lb gorilla. –  surfasb Sep 13 '11 at 18:09

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