Windows auto account creation and logging in

Discussion in 'Windows Virtual Machine' started by NickK12, Jan 27, 2023.

  1. NickK12

    NickK12 Bit poster

    I built a Windows 11 Pro VM in Parallels using the Installation Assistant. Parallels automatically created a user name that matches my Mac user name and auto logs in. The problem is, I don't want it to auto login as I'm going to join it to a domain and use a domain login. How can I disable the auto login? I already changed the password on the account so now every time I start the VM, it tries to auto login an fails.
  2. Ashley Chumun

    Ashley Chumun Staff Member


    To disable auto-login, please follow the steps below:

    1. Open Parallels Desktop and Launch your Windows Virtual Machine.

    2. Click on the Windows Start Icon > Type Regedit and press enter.

    3. Navigate to the following Path: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

    4. Make sure you selected the Winlogon folder and on the right panel, please search for DefaultUserName and delete it (Right-click select delete)

    5. Restart your Virtual Machine and it should no more auto-login to the windows profile.

    Best regards!
  3. alev

    alev Parallels Team


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