Windows 10: Signing into accounts on power up without activating the console

  1.    05 Dec 2015 #1

    Signing into accounts on power up without activating the console


    Hi,

    I have several user accounts on one machine under Windows 10. I would like to re-log-into these user accounts when the machine reboots from an update or from an extended (longer than UPS hold-up) power failure.

    I use Thunderbird and have a lot of junk filtering going on which protects my phone from most spam.

    I will be moving my two sons to Dropbox and back their stuff up to my NAS units continuously rather than intermittently.

    For these accounts, I want the users' accounts to boot when the machine boots so that Dropbox is making a copy to the local HDD. The NAS units take it from there (final sync method TBD).

    In no instance do I want a "live" console.

    After I automatically log into the accounts, I want the machine left as if I had hit "switch user" after logging into each account--several accounts active and running, but the console waiting for a login.

    I have been testing this in principal where I copy images from a friend's Dropbox to her Google Drive and to my NAS units. Right now I have to manually log into the account that does this after each reboot.

    I have looked around and nothing seems to address this mode. Any help is appreciated.

    For my account, I also wish to start Thunderbird as well as log in. I assume just adding Thunderbird to the StartUp group will work?
    C:\Users\Richard\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup (courtesy of
    How to Add Programs, Files, and Folders to System Startup in Windows )

    Thanks!

    Richard

    P.S. I am in the process of bringing 20 machines from W7 and W8.1 to W10.
    Seven down, thirteen to go. five of the twenty are W8.1, the rest W7.
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  2. Kari's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Pro
       06 Dec 2015 #2

    Simply, that can't be done. You can make Windows to sign in to one user account automatically but that's it.

    Theoretically it just might be possible to set Windows automatically sign in to one user account, then using scheduled tasks switch to another user, again sign in another user with a scheduled task and finally lock the PC with a scheduled tasks which would put the machine on Welcome screen with multiple accounts signed in. However, I very much doubt this, theory and reality are two different things.

    Kari
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  3.    06 Dec 2015 #3

    Kari said: View Post
    Simply, that can't be done. You can make Windows to sign in to one user account automatically but that's it.

    Theoretically it just might be possible to set Windows automatically sign in to one user account, then using scheduled tasks switch to another user, again sign in another user with a scheduled task and finally lock the PC with a scheduled tasks which would put the machine on Welcome screen with multiple accounts signed in. However, I very much doubt this, theory and reality are two different things.

    Kari
    Thank you, Kari!
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