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I am the only user of my laptop and the only reason i use a password is to prevent theft.

the quirk that i have with logon passwords is that the startup items will only load after i have keyed in the password.

is it possible to get win8 pro x64 to load all the startup items while it is still at the logon screen, so that it is ready for use immediately after i key in the password?


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Use autologon to autologon your account. Now create a scheduled task which runs at logon (configure the trigger correctly) and locks the PC with the command:

rundll32.exe User32.dll,LockWorkStation

Rundll32.exe is the program you select and add the other 2 values to parameter.

When you now start the PC, Windows runs all startup tools but locks the PC and you have to enter the password. After you entered the password, Windows has all tools started for you.

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Interesting workaround. Does this immediately lock the PC on startup? Or does it have to wait till all the applications are loaded? –  Keltari May 2 '13 at 6:23
Windows runs scheduled tasks with a lower priority, so there maybe a small gap before the locks screen occur, but the tools should start fine in background. –  magicandre1981 May 2 '13 at 17:16
well, I +1'd it. Its a working answer to the OPs issue and it meets the requirements. However, I think its a small security risk. But the reality is, nothing is gained. If he logs on and waits for his programs to start it will take X number of seconds. If he applies your answer, the same number of seconds elapse, he just might not be sitting there waiting for it while booting. Nitpicking, but my 2 cents. –  Keltari May 2 '13 at 23:06
sorry for the newbie question - but how do i add a scheduled task that can allow command input? or do i just create a .bat with the command you just mentioned, and throw it into the startup folder of win8? –  curiousnotepad May 3 '13 at 3:08
what do you mean with input? Here are the steps to create the task: techdows.com/2012/11/manage-schedule-tasks-windows-8.html –  magicandre1981 May 3 '13 at 3:59

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