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Enabling Autologin

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May 11, 2012 2:04 AM

OK, enabling autologin may not be universally applauded, but the family like this feature.


We have three macbooks and I'm using the workgroup manager (yes I migrated everything from Snow Leopard).  In the workgroup preferences, the "Enable automatic login" option in the Login options is enabled.


However, only two of the three Macbook have Automatic Login enabled.  These also had Automatic Login enabled under Snow Leopard.


Does anyone know how to force the other Macbook to enable Automatic Login?  This Macbook didn't have Automatic Login enabled under Snow Leopard and has Lion Server installed as it was my trial run before upgrading our server.

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.4), Mac mini server
  • gracoat Level 3 Level 3 (645 points)
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    May 11, 2012 10:40 PM (in response to

    Try creating a new local user on that macbook.  Make sure it's an Administrator User. 

    Try setting auto log in for that new user.

    Log in as that user and see if you can change the auto login to the desired user.




  • Christy1685 Calculating status...
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    May 28, 2012 5:15 PM (in response to

    What you are going to have to do is log in as a root user, To do so follow the below link:



    Then when you are logged in as root go to the accounts and enable automatic login for the user account you use, it wont be greyed out when you are logged in as a root user.


    Once your done log back into your account and disable the root user account the same way you enabled it. The enable (where you selected before) will now show disable.


    Hope this helps


    NB. just in case: after you log out select OTHER and type root as username and whatever password is the default (or what you just choose if you enabled root for the first time).

  • tingo Calculating status...
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    Aug 6, 2012 9:07 AM (in response to

    Maybe a bit late but I had the same problem and I have just discovered that you need to disable Firevault in Security & Privacy preference.


    Peace and love

  • WarrenO Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 3, 2012 9:00 PM (in response to tingo)

    Perfect. Perfect, that was it! For me, anyway.

  • onecuwldood Calculating status...
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    Jan 21, 2013 5:18 PM (in response to

    My wife and I just got new MacBook Pros. Mine was logging in automatically, her's was not. I finally got her's to do it!


    I simply set hers to "not" login automatic and restarted. Then went back in and set it to auto again, restarted and BINGO! It works now.


    I hope yours is as easy...


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