logging in automatically after logout


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Tom Hall

Frankly, I suspect that it's by design.

But it's not necessarily how I would have designed it, since AFAICT it
adds no security to a system where logon from a cold start is automatic.

Maybe the suggested work-arounds to getting the system tray icons back
are good enough for your purposes. Or maybe not - they too are a lot of
work, IMO.
Interestingly, it worked in XP, but not apparently in Win7. I guess I'll
just have to live with the login prompt after logging out.

Tom
 
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Tom Hall

Interestingly, it worked in XP, but not apparently in Win7. I guess I'll
just have to live with the login prompt after logging out.
Somewhere I seem to recall seeing someone suggest that the problem could be
some kind of group policy override. This is what I had in mind when I came
here. I've found the Group Policy Editor for Windows 7 but haven't
installed it yet, because I really don't know how to use it.

Tom
 
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Ken1943

Frankly, I suspect that it's by design.

But it's not necessarily how I would have designed it, since AFAICT it
adds no security to a system where logon from a cold start is automatic.

Maybe the suggested work-arounds to getting the system tray icons back
are good enough for your purposes. Or maybe not - they too are a lot of
work, IMO.
I wonder if he installed a tweaking program that mimics xp power toys. I
have no user passwords. I am logged in at boot, but if I logout, my user
picture is shown without password prompt and I have to click on it.


KenW
 
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Ed Cryer

Tom said:
System here is Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

I am trying to get the system to log me back in automatically after I log
out. I am logged in automatically when I start the system, but if I log
out, I'm presented with my username and a password prompt.

I've checked several registry settings, but nothing seems to work. Could
there be some kind of group/system policy that is overriding this feature?
I don't have group policy editor.

Tom
Have you tried this little utility?
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/sysinternals/bb963905.aspx

Ed
 
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Zaphod Beeblebrox

On Mon, 09 Sep 2013 14:11:14 -0600, "Tom Hall" <aria1946
@gmail.com.invalid> wrote in article
Restarting often results in a different set of missing icons. Sometimes
only 2 or 3 are missing, sometimes as many as 6. For some reason, logging
off and on again restores all icons nearly 100% of the time.


Yup. Did that too. No joy.

Tom
Sorry to hear that - if the auto-login stuff is working I don't know
why this wouldn't be. Unfortunately, I'm out of ideas. :-(
 
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Gene E. Bloch

I wonder if he installed a tweaking program that mimics xp power toys. I
have no user passwords. I am logged in at boot, but if I logout, my user
picture is shown without password prompt and I have to click on it.

KenW
In W7 it is natively possible to not require entering the password at
login time. No power toys are needed. I don't even know if they are
available for W7.

But AFAICT, setting that up doesn't allow bypassing the PW when one
switches users.
 
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VanguardLH

Stan said:
Or you could just restart Explorer, which is equally effective and
much faster.

1. In Task Manager, on the Processes tab, find explorer.exe and click
End process.

2. Tremble not at the popped-up warning, but click End Process on the
confirming prompt.

3. Click File » New Task, type explorer and hit the Enter key or
click OK.

This also resets the taskbar if auto-hide is malfunctioning.

(BTW, Ctrl-Shift-Esc brings up Task Manager, and on some systems it
does so without the intermediate prompts that Ctrl-Alt-Del puts you
through.)
I found using a batch file helps with this tray icon problem along with
lingering instances of explorer.exe.

ReloadExplorer.bat

@echo off
taskkill.exe /im explorer.exe /f
explorer.exe

I save .bat files under C:\Batch that I add to the system PATH
environment variable. I create a shortcut to it in one of the custom
toolbars I have in the Windows taskbar. Then I only have to click on
the shortcut to kill all instances of explorer.exe and load just one.

The shell window remains open but I find it helpful in letting me know
how many instances of explorer.exe that got killed. If more than one,
and assuming I had no opened instances of Windows Explorer, then I know
there were some lingerers.
 
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Ed Cryer

Tom said:
Yes. It appears to do the same thing as netplwiz, which bypasses the login
screen at system startup. What I'm missing is the ability to bypass the
login screen after a logout. No matter what I do, I still get the login
screen.

Tom
This thread is large; and getting larger. Excuse me in advance if what
I'm about to say has been covered and escaped my notice.

The original problem is that icons sometimes go missing from the
systray. To correct that you log user on and off. And you're having to
do that so frequently that you'd like auto log-back-on. This latter
hasn't been solved yet.
If I'm correct so far, stick with me.
This is a typical human, round-the-houses situation. The thread appears
to have spawned other side-channels too.
Well, if we could return to 1 and solve that, then there would be no
need of the subsequent steps and we could dismiss them from requirements.

This following solution to 1 is so well attested and acclaimed by others
that it must be worth a try;
http://en.kioskea.net/forum/affich-31257-how-to-recover-lost-missing-system-tray-icon

I've got my fingers crossed.

Ed
 
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Gene E. Bloch

I think that switching users is a different operation than simply logging
off. Maybe W7 assumes that when you log off that's what you want to do, so
unconditionally presents the login screen.
Sorry, I was careless in expressing myself. I meant "switching users" as
a more generic term to include both literally using the switch-user
button and also logging off and back on. They both seem to have the
property that annoys you.

It might annoy me too, but I don't do it often enough to work up a
tantrum. Yes - I had to use that word - but with humorous intent :)
 
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Tom Hall

This thread is large; and getting larger. Excuse me in advance if what
I'm about to say has been covered and escaped my notice.

The original problem is that icons sometimes go missing from the
systray. To correct that you log user on and off. And you're having to
do that so frequently that you'd like auto log-back-on. This latter
hasn't been solved yet.
If I'm correct so far, stick with me.
This is a typical human, round-the-houses situation. The thread appears
to have spawned other side-channels too.
Well, if we could return to 1 and solve that, then there would be no
need of the subsequent steps and we could dismiss them from requirements.

This following solution to 1 is so well attested and acclaimed by others
that it must be worth a try;
http://en.kioskea.net/forum/affich-31257-how-to-recover-lost-missing-system-tray-icon

I've got my fingers crossed.
Doesn't work. Some icons were still missing. Had to logoff and logon to get
them all back.

Tom
 
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Ed Cryer

Tom said:
Doesn't work. Some icons were still missing. Had to logoff and logon to get
them all back.

Tom
You must be getting weary of trying all these things.
I have one last shot. Reloading WinExplorer should do the job.
Here's a script to do just that. I've tried it, and it works here.

Ed
 
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