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In my Windows 10 Pro 64bit I have several accounts without passwords (I won't need it at home, I just want to let each one have his profile) and after following some hacks which involve registry and policy edits I managed to have a solution where the list of my users would show after start without showing the lock screen and without automatically login the last active user.

Now after the last major update it seems to be the case that something changed and the hack does not work again. I could prevent the lock screen, but the system would login no matter what I try.

Did anyone manage to do it very recently without having to set a password for each one?


Things I tried:

Can I disable auto logon on windows 10 home

How to prevent automatic login of the last user in Windows 10?

Windows 8: how to stop auto login

  • Unless you provide more information on the "hack" it will be very difficult for anyone to answer your question. – Ramhound Oct 5 '16 at 19:33
  • @Ramhound: You are absolutely right - thing is, I didn't take notes, I just managed to make it work, but the very same links (I added them to my post) don't help now. – Alexander Rühl Oct 5 '16 at 20:18
  • So is the problem your trying to solve, the fact Windows, is automatically logging into an account? If that is the case, is it the same account, or just account last used? – Ramhound Oct 5 '16 at 20:33
  • @Ramhound; Yes, I'd like it show the list of accounts at startup and do no autologin. It seems to be the last account used which gets logged in. – Alexander Rühl Oct 5 '16 at 20:38
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Since Windows 8, Microsoft have been making it very difficult to retain the classic logon sequence - where Windows stops during startup and displays the list of available accounts. This is only an issue when you want to use multiple accounts without any passwords (eg on a family home computer)

The first fix was a simple registry change to the following registry entry:
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\UserSwitch Enabled = 1 (default is 0 - where Windows auto starts the last account used)

Windows 10 disabled that fix by resetting the "Enabled" value back to "0" during bootup. Windows 10 Pro users were able to setup a Logon script (using Local Group Policy Editor) - which reset the "Enabled" value back to "1" before Windows checked and used it's value. See this thread: How-to-prevent-automatic-login....

The most recent change has been made in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update (1709) - where Microsoft have disabled the Logon Script fix. See this thread: Stop_automatic_login....

Currently there is no working fix to restore the classic "Pause at User Account List" option, and so far I have not been able to prove the exact failure mode of the Logon script hack.

The two possibilities seem to be that after the 1709 update:

  1. Windows no longer checks the "Enabled" switch value and just uses a default logon behaviour
  2. Windows has change the timing of the logon steps
    • and the GPEdit logon script now runs either too early or too late to prevent the unwanted auto logon.

Any potential new fix will depend on exactly what Microsoft have changed.

  • Thanks for the info - I had the same thought, that updates might have introduced different behaviours. I don't know, if that's an unusual request, but for me it seems ok that it's just a separation of "workspaces" not related to hiding stuff, so I won't like having to enter passwords. But I can live with the current behaviour which autologins the last user and let me switch between users without having to enter a password. – Alexander Rühl Mar 8 '18 at 14:02

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