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I'd like to set up Windows 7 to do the following on startup:

  • show a list of the users on the system
  • if a user is clicked, they are logged in without having to enter their password (which shall be set and must be entered for remote access)
  • if no user is clicked, after a given amount of time (say 10 seconds) a default user is logged in

How can this be achieved?

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Out of the box, you can't get there from here. Either the account has a password or it doesn't.

I'm not sure if Windows 7 still allows for GINA replacement or if they have another method for pluggable authentication, but that might work. However, I have a feeling that it's still not possible to log a user on without the password being provided to windows.

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so my best bet is omitting passwords, setting up dummy users for remote access, and either using autologin (requiring the non-default user to wait and re-login) or not (requiring all users that one click)? :-/ –  Tobias Kienzler Apr 21 '12 at 12:27
    
I see for Vista/7 it's using the Credential Providers API instead of GINA... –  Tobias Kienzler Apr 21 '12 at 12:31
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