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MiscSoft's Login Helper - windows auto login made easy

MiscSoft's Login Helper is a portable tool which facilitates setting/checking the state of the windows autologon.

   With Login Helper you will easily:
•   Set default domain name, username and password which will be used in the autologon.
•   Store the autologon password in plain text (windows 2000, windows XP, and windows 2003 server only).
•   Enable/disable the Shift Key Override (autologon bypass).
•   Enable/disable the Force Autologon.
•   Limit the amount of autologins with the provided credentials.
•   Display in plain text the currently set autologon password (regardless if it was stored as plain text or not).

   In addition Login Helper provides Auto Lock feature with basic power saving support, thus allowing you to lock automatically the computer after autologin succeeds and even turn off the monitor or start the screen saver when the lock takes place. Login Helper's Auto Lock feature is also user aware (can be executed depending on the user) and can be used separately even when Autologin is disabled.

   Login Helper works on versions of Windows 2000 and above ( Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 2003 server, Windows 2008 server, etc.) both servers and workstations, 32 bit and 64 bit, requires administrative rights in order to work properly and additional space (about 300 KB) if the Auto Lock feature will be used.

Login Helper is provided by MiscSoft, free of charge, if used for non-commercial purposes.

Login Helper v1.2, MD5 checksum: 5b776c62c5378b9387a2cde24bf8c92f
Login Helper v1.1, MD5 checksum: 3f68bef5e9685e6c3b48574e6166dddd

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How to contact us:


•   About questions, suggestions, feature requests, bug reports and etc. regarding Login Helper, please e-mail us at:
Dev@MiscSoft.net

•   For obtaining a commercial license, please e-mail us at:
License@MiscSoft.net


Application screen shots:



Left click to open Auto Login tab full size image   Auto Lock tab full size image

Usage information:

Auto Login:

   Auto Login tab deals with the configuration of the windows autologon feature. Trough Auto Login tab you can set up or check the current state of the autologon settings. Once you are done setting/changing the values you will have to apply them by pressing the "apply" button at the bottom. The "apply" button will be enabled anytime you make a change, which affects the autologon or auto lock configuration (for example changing the state of the "Show password in plain text" checkbox will not enable the button).

Auto login settings:

•   Enable automatic login:
•    If this checkbox is checked this will allow you to configure the autologon.
•   By unchecking this checkbox you can disable the autologon feature, and will be able to clear all the currently stored autologon credentials by checking the checkbox "Clear auto login credentials from the registry"( "Clear auto login credentials from the registry" checkbox will be enabled once you uncheck the "Enable automatic login" checkbox ).

•   Domain Name:
Type here the domain name which will be used in the autologin. You may leave it blank or set it to be the name of your computer if you are not logging in a domain, otherwise set the domain name here.

•   Username, Password:
Type here the username and the password that will be used during the automatic login. Important thing to know is that if the username you type here is not in the administrators group, autologin will be automatically disabled after the next logon by the system. Login Helper does not check if the username you type here is existing on the machine or part of the administrators group.

•   Show password in plain text:
Checking this checkbox will reveal the currently set autologin password regardless if it is stored as plain text or not.

•   Store password in plain text:
If this checkbox is checked the password will be stored in plain text. This is visible in windows 2000, windows XP and windows 2003 server because these versions of windows can use plain text stored password in the autologon.

•   Disable autologin Shift key override:
Checking this checkbox will prevent the interruption of the autologon if the Shift key is being pressed. This may become a problem if the "Enable force Autologon" is checked too.

•   Enable force Autologon:
Checking this checkbox will enable the Force autologon feater which basically will attempt to perform autologon each time an user logs out. This may become a problem if the "Disable autologin Shift key override" checkbox is chekced too. In this case you will not be able to logout and after that login with user different than the autologin user. In this case you will not be able to do it because windows will automatically attempt to perform an autologon (I am assuming here that the credentials used to set the autologon are correct and the autologon will not fail).

•   Limit the amount of logins with these credentials:
You can limit the amount of auto logins which will use the credentials you are setting. After checking this checkbox , "Max logins count" will be enabled and you will be able to set in it the total amount of logins you want to be performed with these credentials.

Auto Lock:

   With Auto Lock you can automatically lock the computer upon login. This is helpful if you had already enabled or intend to enable the Windows auto login feature and do not want anyone to take advantage of that, while you are away from the computer. Although this is the main purpose of Auto Lock, it is a separate feature so it is up to you to decide what should it be used for.
   Auto Lock is achieved using a helper executable, which is extracted from the Login Helper, once the Auto Lock feature is enabled or when it is being tested. Due to this application will need additional space (about 300 KB) and rights to create the file in the folder it resides in. You should also make sure that the auto lock helper executable is accessible to all users to which the Auto Lock feature should apply.

Auto Lock override :

   Enabling this feature will allow you to override the Auto Lock process by holding the selected key during the autologin. You may select Shift, Alt or Ctrl keys to activate the feature(Default is Ctrl). Using the override feature will not disable the Auto Lock feature, it will bypass it once instead.

Apply to first login only :

   If enabled, the autolock will be executed only once (during the first successfull login) after reboot. If the first logged in user is not in the list of the autolock eligible users, no autolock will take place during the first nor any of the subsequent logins until the next reboot.

Switch to welcome screen :

   Shows the welcome screen after a successful lock. Fast user switching must be enabled otherwise it will have no effect.

Auto Lock users filter:

   Because Auto Lock can be used separately you need to specify the users for which it should apply.
•   If you want to use it for the auto login user, you should check the "Apply autologin user" checkbox (default value).
•    If you want to use it for any user that logs in you can check the "Apply to all users" checkbox.
•    If you want to use it to other users you can check the "Apply to these users" checkbox and type the usernames separated by commas in the textbox below.
    In order to use the Auto Lock feature, users to which it should apply, must be able to run the Auto Lock helper executable. If there is no user, to which Auto Lock feature should apply, it will be disabled.

Auto Lock and safe mode:

   Auto Lock is working in safe mode too. If you want to remove it manually you should delete the Auto Lock helper executable, placed in the Login Helper's folder.

Energy saving features:

   Auto Lock can be configured to activate the screen saver or/and turn off the monitor(s). Screen saver should be enabled and set in one order to be enabled.

Testing Auto Lock:

   After you made all the needed settings for Auto Lock it is better to test Auto Lock. In order to do that, you have to press the "Test Auto Lock" button. It will try to lock the computer within the time specified in "lock timeout in seconds" field. It is recommended to perform the test every time you make changes to Auto Lock, to make sure that locking is possible.
   Users filter setting is ignored when you test the Auto Lock.