Windows 10 Auto Logon

The company i work for has used autologon for kiosk terminals for several years. We have recently started to update some of these to use Windows 10 however we are having issues bypassing the AutoLogon - previously you could hold shift during the logoff process for Win 7 or during the logon process for XP. Neither of these work.  I know we can disable it by editing he registry and amedning the value of ForceAutoLogon to be 0. This allows us to log out and log in again as an administrator.

The issue is when we reboot the group policy re-enforces the auto logon so if we need to access the machine as an admin we have to log in, open the registry editor again and g through the same process......

This is further complicated by the fact that the kiosk machines are quite heavilly locked down so to be able to access the registry with rights to make changes it involves jumping through several hoops: Run CMD using adminsitrator credentials, from that command prompt run powershell, from the powershell prompt enter the following command (Start-process cmd –verb runas) to get an "elevated" administrator command prompt. From here we can run regedit and manually make the change to the ForceAutoLogon item. This is a really long winded drawn out process which only lasts until the next reboot the group policy turns ForceAutoLogon back on. I appreciate the complexity of the workaround it is partly caused by our restrictions on the PC's however bypassing autologon was a simple thing to do before moving to Win 10.

I have read various people complaining about this online and there does not seem to be anythig that suits out requirements. There has to be a better, faster, simpler way to bypass autologon for windows 10 without having to make lots of manual changes.

Can you help???

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Are these Kiosks domain joined?
What version of windows 10 and edition?

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The Kiosk machines are a member of a Domain, we are using domain group policy to enforce the auto logon. We ahve used the same method for Win8.1 and there were no issues bypassing autologon - provided you hold shift for the duration of the logoff.

This PC is imaged with Win10 Creators Edition.

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Have you tried pushing the registry setting as a GPO?
http://thesolving.com/server-room/how-to-deploy...


Action: Update
AutoAdminLogon (Order 1)
Hive HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key path SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
Value name AutoAdminLogon
Value type REG_SZ
Value data 1

Action: Update
DefaultUsername (Order 2)
Hive HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key path SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
Value name DefaultUsername
Value type REG_SZ
Value data (Username goes here)

Action: Update
DefaultPassword (Order 3)
Hive HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key path SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
Value name DefaultPassword
Value type REG_SZ
Value data (Password goes here)

Action: Update
DefaultDomainName (Order 4)
Hive HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key path SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
Value name DefaultDomainName
Value type REG_SZ
Value data (domain goes here)

Action: Delete
AutoLogonCount (Order 5)
Hive HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key path SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\AutoLogonCount

Action: Update
AutoLogonChecked (Order 6)
Hive HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key path SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\AutoLogonChecked

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We have used a GPO to deploy the autologon.

The GPO was originally deployed to Win8.1 terminals and on those terminals i can by pass it to log in as an administrator as detailed above in my original post. When applied to Win10ce the autologon works perfectly.

My issue is that i am unable to bypass the autologon to log in as an admin user without editing the registry to turn auto logon off.

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So you are asking Windows to not do something that you are forcing it to do.
The best i can suggest is to create a batch file\Powershell script with the registry settings that prevent autologon and have it run as computer login script using a GPO.
You can link GPOs when you want them to run and the unlink them when you don't.

You can also send feedback to Microsoft with your request.
https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/402156...

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Yes, I am asking Windows not to do somthign we are forcing it to do with group policy however this worked under win 8.1 it does not work under win 10.

Adding addiontal components to the GPO to run as logon scripts or turn GPO's off and on is not a viable option for us. When we need to bypass the autologon to access the machine as an administrator the staff who will be on site needing to do this will not permissions to amend GPOs

We need the funcionallity restored to bypass autologon, at will without havign to make changes to GPOs. This functionalilty was available under previous versions of Windows.

Thank you for your assistance.

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I hear your frustrations and sorry I couldn't be more helpful.
But Microsoft are really changing Windows in 10 version and what worked in 7 or 8 don't in 10. We can only suggest what we can so any workarounds that we know of and then it's up to you the customer to go to the feedback hub and let your voice be heard.
And this issue I can't find any workarounds except the pushing of another GPO but I get why that is not a "real" solution.

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Thank you. What is the best method to feedback ? is there a  URL?

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You are welcome and here you go.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-ca/help/402156...

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