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Possible to start programs before Windows logs in?

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Elliot B.    1,592

I have a 'server', which is basically a Windows 10 PC.


Apart from the power button, it's in a hard-to-use place.


On the PC, I run Plex Media Server, Google Backup & Sync (for photos) etc.


I turn it on each morning and, using TeamViewer, turn it off most nights. This means I don't have to use the monitor, keyboard etc.


At the moment, when I turn the system on, it just boots into a Windows account. There's no password set.


However, if the computer was ever stolen, they'd have easy access to my photos etc.


Ideally, I would want to set a password for the user account.


However, when I tried this, Plex Media Server (as one example) doesn't start until I enter the Windows password.


Is it possible to start programs, such as Plex Media Server, before Windows even logs in?

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xendrome    5,580

Putting a password on the account isn't going to do much, the drive could just be removed and ownership taken of the folders, all of your data is wide open.


The only thing that could help you is something like BitLocker.

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Circaflex    3,573

The easy answer would be run Plex as a service, however I don't believe that works at the moment. You could use the auto logon/lock method. Its has been a while since I looked into this, but you ensure plex is set to run at login, either use gpo or registry editor to allow auto-login, create a batch that will lock the computer after login.


I had a friend want to do something similar a few years ago, but it was more hassle than anything honestly. if someone steals your computer, unless you are using a drive encryption as xendrome pointed out, they have access to your files. You also mentioned this tower is hard to get to, unless someone is ransacking your home and trying to steal everything, I doubt they get to this tower.

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