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I would like Pageant to launch at start-up and load the appropriate keys as well as password without me having to be present to supply the password. Is there a way to achieve this on Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2?

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You must remove the password on the key for this to work.

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Thanks but does that mean that Pageant doesn't support providing passwords in cleartext? There isn't any documentation that seems to suggest that. –  PeanutsMonkey Aug 24 '12 at 0:15
    
@PeanutsMonkey: Yes, it doesn't support that, because it would defeat the whole point of having a password-encrypted key. You can remove the password and use the Windows built-in EFS encryption instead, though. –  grawity Aug 24 '12 at 1:12

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