Windows Xp logins as Administrator every-time – Fix auto admin logon

by Rohit Khurana on February 7, 2008



One of our reader mailed us the following problem:

Windows XP logs me into the administrator every time instead of the account I created with administrative rights. I do not want to log into the Administrator account.

But why windows XP logins to default Administrator account?

It happens due to the auto-login has been enabled for the default administrator account in windows, because of which windows XP logs into the administrator account every time.

Simply we can say the auto admin logon feature is enabled.

Let’s see how can we fix it.


There are different number of approaches with which we can fix this issue.

Method 1:

If you want to bypass the auto admin logon feature press SHIFT key at the time of logon, to logon as a different user in windows XP other than the default administrator account.

Method 2:

1. Open Start >> Run and type regedit and press enter. This will open the registry editor.


2. Navigate to the following path:


3. Double-click the AutoAdminLogon entry, type 1 in the Value Data box, and then click OK.

4. But ,if here is no AutoAdminLogon entry, you have to create the entry.

a. In the right pane , right click and select New, and then click String Value.

b. Type AutoAdminLogon as the value name, and select ok.

c. Double-click the newly created key, and then type 0 in the Value Data box.

5. Exit registry editor

6. Restart windows.

We hope you will be able to fix the trouble by the solutions provided above.

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Paul Corr September 30, 2008 at 9:21 am


I found your article on Google after having the problem following a reinstall of Windows XP Professional at home.

Running regedit and checking my registry value for AutoAdminLogon, I found it was already 1. This makes sense as the two values are 1 or 0, with 1 being enabled. I changed it to 0, exited regedit and logged off and on. Welcome screen presented my two accounts for login, as desired.


IAN October 26, 2008 at 6:20 pm

Hi been trying to find something on log in problems for ages. Mother in law is running xp pro and she came to use the comp as usual, and noticed all the desk top icons had changed also screensaver and task bar and she had no way of getting to her documents on my documents. I dont know if this is correct but I thought it was login prob due to administrator rights. switched users and noticed two login icons both administrator with different icons. looked on other forums , booted up in safe mode .All boots up fine with all her documents etc. go back into normal and the same thing happens no documents different screen etc.
Its as if someone is controlling it please help

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