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Automatic Administrative Logon to Recovery Console (Windows 2000/XP)

The recovery console is a command line environment that is used to recover from system problems. This setting controls whether the administrator account will be logged on automatically or be required to enter a password when the recovery console is invoked during startup.

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Open your registry and find or create the key below.

Create a new DWORD value, or modify the existing value, called "SecurityLevel" and set it according to the value data below.

Exit your registry; you may need to restart or log out of Windows for the change to take effect.

Registry Editor Example
|NameTypeData|
|(Default)REG_SZ(value not set)|
|SecurityLevelREG_DWORD0x00000000 (0)|
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|HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVers...|
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Registry Settings
System Key: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Setup\
RecoveryConsole]
Value Name: SecurityLevel
Data Type: REG_DWORD (DWORD Value)
Value Data: (0 = require password, 1 = no password)

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Last modified: May 26, 2003