I know how i can disable auto logon in windows 7 by using netplwiz, but is there a way ( possibly a keyboard combination pressed during startup ) that will prevent autologon only for this one boot?


Hold down the shift key while the machine starts.

You may need a hotfix for this to work, support.microsoft.com/kb/977534

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    That short URL took me to support.microsoft.com/kb/977534. Do you really believe that that URL is so long that it needs to be shortened? It’s probably better to post the true URL in your answer, so people will be able to see that it is a trustworthy site, and not be faced with a mystery URL that might lead to a malware site, for all we know. – Scott Mar 1 '13 at 19:29
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    @Scott Hey, check my rep, I wouldn't post malware here :-), I use this for chrome, in addition to shortening the url, it's also a right click on the page to copy, so in some cases it's alot easier to copy the url that way. – MDMoore313 Mar 1 '13 at 19:34
  • I have got the Shift key to work, but the timing can be tricky, I only press the shift after the initial boot phase, just before the user would log on. – Guy Thomas Mar 5 '13 at 22:02
  • @GuyThomas the timing is tricky indeed, I usually only have to deal with this after the account has logged on, in which case I can hold the shift key while clicking the logoff button and indefinitely until I'm prompted with ctl+alt+del again. – MDMoore313 Mar 5 '13 at 22:04

I created a simple apicación in VB.NET, you just need to enable remote logging on the machine with auto logon from your computer and run the application. When the session is opened on the remote machine running NoLogin to disable the automatic startup, closed session and see that pressing OK and not entered automatically, or run it and restart your computer,if you want to re-enable would be the same process.


  • and how does this answer the question? – lordvlad Feb 28 '14 at 8:27
  • This isn't very useful when the OP was based on a specific path. Although this generic approach might be useful for some, in this instance it is not very helpful. – Matthew Williams Feb 28 '14 at 8:30

I found this somewhere else, and it works for me, everytime.

If you watch the num-lock light on the keyboard, during the log off process, you notice a little blip where the light turns off and then back on. If you wait for that to happen and then hold left shift it should work. 100% for me anyway. Perhaps windows is stopping the keyboard driver for some purpose during the log off? Who knows.


If you alternate right - left shift keys very quickly well Windows is booting it will bypass the auto log on and take you to a log on screen.

  • How does this improve on the two existing answers that both mention the use of the shift key? – Jason Aller May 13 '15 at 21:34

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