Scripting Question

Batch File Inconsistently Editing Registry

05/25/2016 1858 views
I am having trouble with some batch commands that are used to edit different registry keys. The keys being deleted and changed are:

REG ADD "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v AutoAdminLogon /t REG_SZ /d 0 /f

REG DELETE "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v DefaultPassword /f

REG DELETE "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v DefaultUserName /f

REG DELETE "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon" /v DefaultDomainName /f

My problem is consistency. Sometimes these keys are deleted/changed, but sometimes I will come back to the computer after a long install and see that the computer is still attempting to login with a default username and password. I have also found a couple other keys throughout my scripts that behave inconsistently.

Anyone have any thoughts on this? I have even edited my scripts to execute these commands multiple times with timeouts in between. This has cut down on the problem, but has not solved it all together.
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use start /wait in front of each line

here is a sample add file I use

Start /wait net user administrator Password 
Start /wait net user 2nduser Password
start /wait net localgroup administrators 2nduser /add

start /wait cscript %SystemRoot%\System32\slmgr.vbs -ATO

start /wait powershell set-netconnectionprofile -name "admn.acme.edu" -networkcategory private

start /wait reg.exe DELETE HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WindowsUpdate /f

start /wait reg.exe DELETE "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Print\Printers\Send To OneNote 2013" /f

start /wait cscript "c:\program files (x86)\microsoft office\office16\ospp.vbs" /act

start /wait reg.exe add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon" /v AutoAdminLogon /d 1 /f
start /wait reg.exe add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon" /v AutoLogonCount /t REG_DWORD /d 2 /f
start /wait reg.exe add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon" /v DefaultUserName /d Administrator /f
start /wait reg.exe add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon" /v DefaultPassWord /d Password /f
start /wait reg.exe delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon" /v DefaultDomainName /f

start /wait reg.exe add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v EnableFirstLogonAnimation /d 00000000 /t REG_DWORD /f

start /wait reg.exe add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System" /v EnableLUA /d 00000000 /t REG_DWORD /f

start /wait reg.exe add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\RunOnce /v kaceinstall /d "msiexec /qn /i \\kbox\client\agent_provisioning\windows_platform\ampagent-6.4.522-x86.msi HOST=kbox.tmcc.edu"

Here is a stop autologin script

start /wait reg.exe add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon" /v AutoAdminLogon /d 0 /f

start /wait reg.exe delete "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon" /v defaultpassword /f

You can delete the other two keys but that does not really matter, the above are the necessary keys

Answered 05/25/2016 by: SMal.tmcc
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  • Thanks, I don't know why I was not already doing this - I was already doing it for software installs. I guess I just didn't think that a few milliseconds would make a huge difference. Thanks again.

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