I have a MacBook Pro running Mac OS X Lion which has a single local user (the local administrator account that I setup) and then the domain user setup on the laptop.

I've gone into "Login Options" under System Preferences > Users & Groups and set the option "Display login window as: Name and password".

When the laptop first boots, it has automatically selected the local admin account, and I don't see where I have the option to change users. However, when if I log into that local administrator account and then log out (without rebooting) it will allow me to enter the user and password.

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I found that going into FileVault (make sure your logged in with the user that that performed FileVault) and Enabling the user fixed the issue.


I use this method. System Prefs > Users and Groups.

That brings up this window:

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Unlock to make changes > login options >

Turn off Auto login.

You can see if you prefer List of Users or Name and Password.

I also like to use Fast user switching.. Try it..


This is a limitation when you have FIlevault turned on (and your boot drive is encrypted). Only Administrators can decrypt the drive, so Standard users won't be able to login until then.


It sounds like you have automatic login turned on. You should be able to turn it off via the following steps:

  1. Click the Apple menu in the top left hand corner of the screen and click System Preferences.
  2. Click on the "Security and Privacy" panel in the "Personal" section.
  3. Click the lock icon in the bottom left hand corner of the window to unlock the control panel so that you can change options.
  4. Enter your password in the popup window to authorize the unlock.
  5. Check the "Disable Automatic Logon" option.
  6. Close the window to save changes.
  • This seemed promising but when I go to that option it has "Disable automatic" already checked, and it is grayed out as well so I couldn't even unselect it if I wanted to...ever seen that? Jan 5, 2012 at 14:51
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    did you click the lock at the bottom to unlock the control panel so that you can make changes? I would also recommend taking a look at David DelMonte's solution. Jan 5, 2012 at 14:56
  • You should be able to uncheck it, there is a lock at the bottom that says "Click the lock to make changes". As long as you are an admin account you should be able to authenticate and unlock the screen to edit the options there. Jan 5, 2012 at 15:00
  • I did unlock it but that option was still grayed out. I'm thinking this may have something to do with GPOs setup on our Windows domain since this Mac is joined to it. Jan 5, 2012 at 15:07
  • Welcome to Super User! We generally prefer you post the answer here, instead of just linking. If you just hit EDIT on your post, it'd be awesome if you could give us a short summary of what to do. Jan 5, 2012 at 15:38

Most likely Automatic Login is still enabled. Apple Menu -> System preferences -> Accounts -> Login Options -> Automatic Login -> Off


For me, a fix was to display the login window as "Name and Password"

There may be a way of getting the functionality without disabling the pretty GUI, but this worked for us.


Finally, after getting hold of customer support, the issue was resolved. Resolution below:

Click Shift and hold power button so that the system restarts Upon restart you will get the option to choose the account that you want to login Login as administrator and disable the guest account!

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