63 thoughts on “How to prevent Windows 8 from automatically logging in the last user”

  1. Hey,

    I’ve been following this blog for a couple months now, you have really cool tips and tricks.
    One thing, as another user commented on another post, you should explain the manual process completely, then have a ready-to-use scripts sections for the casual folks.

    Call me lazy, but I hate having to download the .zip to read the .txt files and cmd’s then having to delete everything just to know what to do manually.

  2. If you use this, It will break the windows 8 store from being able to log you on and it will break the remote desktop connection credentials to do remote desktop connections, also the UNdo script did NOT work, it refused to change it even after right clicking and run as administrator, I just spent the last half hour trying to figure out what went wrong and this was the only tweak I did all day thank GOD, so I could figure out what went wrong and where, Great script but did NOT work at all for critical things like the rdc and store apps. Thank you anyway,,,Love your site and use many of the tools.

    1. I tried it and see no such behavior. You may be mistaking something else you did and blaming it on the script. I am sorry, anyway. There is no any side effect from this scripts

      1. Same problem here… No app login (store, calendar, …) with my microsoft account possible with this tweak. And everytime the event log tells about an application error in CredentialUIBroker.exe :(
        For me the undo script also didn’t work. I had to change the registry value on my own.

        For your information: I have two active local users for login.

        1. Please help! the undo script doesn’t work, I tried modify the registry by my own, and it says “Cannot edit Enabled. Error writing the value’s new components”

  3. More info for you, win 8 pro, multiple user accounts, everything turned off, location, live tiles, etc etc, port 3389 works fine for remote desktop, but I also have more than one server ported out to 3390, 3391, etc, and that was the one that would not work because it was saying the credentials, when I undid the script it worked, also the windows store would not let me log in no matter what I did, unless I switched to a Microsoft account instead of a local account, I never run a Microsoft account in win 8, only local, then I switched back again and it was the same thing, can’t sign in.
    I looked around online and can’t seem to find why it would do that? Thank you:)

  4. It worked…
    Until I shutdown my pc via the switch on my computer. After that it tried to login back to the last account.

    The DWORD was back to 0

  5. Finally! It works! It had been months that I waited this solution.
    (only works if the program is started for each user)
    Thank you!

  6. Hi Sergey,

    I have this issue in my Windows 8 laptop and finally found the value to turn it off by reading your post. One question I have:

    Why do you implement the script at the User Configuration\Windows Settings\Scripts\Logoff stage in GPO? Not all users can change the HKLM values.

    I recommend implementing the reg script at the Computer Configuration\Windows Settings\Scripts\Shutdown or Startup stage instead, so one GPO takes care of all users, regardless of their SID

    1. That’s because if it’s enabled throughout the user session (at startup), “Run as different user” functionality in the context menu is broken and Explorer crashes.

  7. Sorry Sergey but your tool ´User List Enabler´ doesn´t work!
    After downloading, installing and reboot, myPC goes to the latest user at startup like before!

        1. It looks like it does not support Group Policy settings. I will implement an alternative way to fix the issue.

  8. I have released it.
    User List Enabler 2.0 uses Task Scheduler way to perform the task mentioned in this article.
    The download link is the same: https://winaero.com/comment.php?comment.news.206
    Change log

    User list enabler now compatible with Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro.
    Fixed a bug with user account which is not administrator.
    Application was rewritten from scratch.

    Please let me know if you have any issues with latest version.

  9. Does not work anymore since 07/04/2013. it could be because of an update. After the restart, the registry key is set to 0 when it should be 1 because of the script.

  10. I downloaded your tool but it didn’t work for me (Windows 8 32-bit Pro) but the Group Policy method worked perfectly so thanks, great info

  11. I seem to have an issue with the regedit and the gpedit method as well:

    I currently have 3 users on my machine; my admin account and 2 other basic user accounts for my parents. I’ve set the registry value to 1 and have kept it that way via the group policy script but only on my account! When I’ve checked the registry value on the other two accounts; they are always set to 0 and, seeing as how these two accounts are not administrator accounts, I can’t set the group policy script on them :D

    The result:

    After using my admin account and shutting down/restarting/logging off; the user list screen is displayed correctly. However, after the other two, non-admin accounts use the computer, Windows tries to login automatically to them on the next startup.

    Any suggestions? Contact me via e-mail, if possible: chestbuster1987@gmail.com

    Thanks in advance

      1. The simplest way to make administrative changes within a user account is to give the user account administrative rights, make the necessary changes, then change the account back to a normal user.

  12. Your user list enabler (version 2) doesn’t work for me. Windows 8 pro, 64 bit, 2 administrator users.
    Actually it worked 2 times, after that it didn’t do anything. I reset to defaults and enable again many times, but it didn’t help. Please help me. What’s wrong?


  13. Hello !
    Worked fine for me with Windows 8.
    Now with 8.1, it doesn’t work at all. I tried on several PCs, but no success.
    It seems that the registry keys are now protected by the user “system”, and even Admins have not the right to change it !
    If you have a solution it would be great..

  14. Using the method of changing the Enable to 1 permanently seemed to cause problems , especially with UAC and entering a password for an administrative event.

    But I worked out how to fix this with out causing any other issues. This is what I did.

    1. Backup/export HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\UserSwitch
    2. Change the UserSwitch Enable value to 1
    3. F5 to refresh registry, then delete the UserSwitch Key
    4. From the Parent Key ‘LogonUI’, right-click it and select Permissions
    5. [Disable Inheritence] and select ‘Remove’
    6. Now edit each User, Advanced Permissions and uncheck/untick ‘Create Subkey’ (This stops the key being recreated).

    Reboot to test.

    If there is an issue you can just merge the Userswitch.reg file you backed up and then re-edit ‘LogonUI’ key and check create subkey. But I haven’t had any issues at all with this method. Works in Windows 8 and 8.1, Pro and Core.

    Good Luck

    1. I have literally no idea what you wrote in couple steps here and I am pretty sure ive messed something up already, glad I backed up the keys but the permissions are messed up, next time please write in full word not “6. Now edit each User, Advanced Permissions and uncheck/untick ‘Create Subkey’ (This stops the key being recreated).” etc. because we aren’t wizards who can predict future from crystal ball of what do we have to do in each step…

  15. Can you update this? You should write how to do it manually because the tools isn’t working anymore (Windows 8.1 over here…)

  16. Ok the gpedit method seems to be working, I just had to add it to my user and it works on all users on whole machine :3

  17. Great tool, worked like a charm (8.1 Pro x64).

    But im looking for a way to have the userlist allso appear when the system returns to the logon screen when the system i locked. My dear wife has a habit of loging me out of my facebook/linked in/and what not, on my account, rather then login in to her windows account :(

    Geting her to use her account will only work if she is made to, and that means presenting her with the correct option each time she sits by the computer. But as of now, it only happens upon boot.

    Any idéas?

  18. For some reason this method does not work for Windows 8.1 (x64) for me. I can change the DWORD value to 1 and get the login page as I want but at the next startup it will be at 0 again. Even if I changed the “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”.

  19. Holding the “shift” key as the login page is loading also turns the autologin DWORD value from 1 to 0, thereby permanently stopping the autologin process.

  20. Setting the UserSwitch Enabled to 1 did the trick also on Windows 8.1, but is also needed to setup right authorizations for all users for UserSwitch (e.g. setup for all users as read only). This is very annoying if you have to do on several pc, but at this point this is the only solution that works for me on 8.1. Proposed application doesn’t work at all.
    Btw, this is a very inexplicable behaviour introduced from Microsoft, why they don’t provide a simple setting?
    I can think they did that because to force users to setup a password, I also believe (I didn’t tried) that setup a password for all user, at bootup windows will list all user. However, I’m happy with the solution I found.
    Thanks to point me to a solution.

  21. Hello,
    It doesn’t work on my PC. Windows 8.1 / 64 bits
    I tried to run the tool on each account but same result

  22. This work in weird mode on windows 10 TP..
    If i use the tool, or the script, at reboot i will not have the “multy” account screen, but i will auto enter on the password insert request of the second account ._.

  23. I have a problem in Win 8.1 where i forgot the password for last used user account and since windows do not give the option where we can see list of user accounts ,I am not able to unlock the system.Any suggestions?

    1. on windows 8 or 8.1, just type “group policy” and it will find the program for you. don’t worry about the registry key. if you just do the log-off script then it will take care of the registry key modification for you upon logoff. this is what I did and it worked perfectly.

      one more thing…make sure you are logged in with an administrator account when doing all this.
      cheers ;-)

    2. You can find the Local Group Policy Editor if you type gpedit in the search box of an Explorer Window. Unfortunately this feature can’t be edited on all PCs for example when I run the app on my PC is showed a prohibition sign. Moreover I installed the User List Enabler, sadly the tool was working from time to time so I decided eliminate it, the worst fact was when the tool worked it caused critically slowness during the log in process, just try to watch a video after a few seconds of enter on your account and you’ll know what I’m talking about…

  24. The manual method as described in this article works just fine on windows 8.1 enterprise 32 bit. I have not tested it on other windows versions. For me, the manual method is just as fast (if not faster) than downloading and running the tool. Also, if you do the steps while logged on as an administrator, then it works for all windows user accounts.

    Thanks a lot for this info! That whole log in bit was really a pain for those of us who like to only use the admin account to install.
    Cheers! :)

  25. In Windows 10 even when dword value is set to 1 and ‘User Switch’ folder is set to deny full control for System auto log in still happens.

    1. In Windows 8.1 Winaero User List Enabler wouldn‘t work for me but today I‘ve tried it in Windows 10 and it did! Maybe it‘s somehow related to the trick I‘ve tried before (upper post)? Not sure about this since I reset permissions after trick coming out as not successful.

  26. Hi – I upgraded to Win10 yesterday and arrghh that nasty last user log in has come back….any updates on when you hope to have a Win 10 version of your software?

  27. Backup/export HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\UserSwitch

    Change the UserSwitch Enable value to 1

    The user “SYSTEM” changes the value back from “1” to “0”
    So the goal is not allow the user “SYSTEM” to change it.

    Right mouse click at registry key “UserSwitch” -> “Permissions”
    “Advanced” -> User “SYSTEM”: “Disable inheritance”
    Change owner from “SYSTEM” to group “Administrators”
    Group “Administrators” -> Allow -> full control.
    “Advanced” -> User “SYSTEM” -> “Edit” -> Type “Deny” -> “Show advanced permissions” -> “Clear all” -> check only “Set value”

    1. This guy has the right idea. I don’t prefer logon scripts, and the script doesn’t always work. This permission change will set the registry folder to not change.

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