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Topic Title: Can AutoMate unlock a locked windows session with a single keystroke combination?
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Created On: 07/07/2013 10:05 PM
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 07/07/2013 10:05 PM
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n00b (>6 posts)

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I'm trying to automate my login with a secret keypress combination and was wondering if AutoMate can do it.  I've downloaded the trial but the session action only seems to support logoff/lock capibilities but not the other way around. 

What I want Automate to do is when the screen is locked, if I press a certain customizable key combination that Automate will perform the keystrokes necessary to unlock my computer (i.e. press CTRL+ALT+DELETE, type my password and hit enter.)

Can Automate do this?  If it can I'd seriously consider buying the software.

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 07/08/2013 01:20 PM
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Ricardo Castaneda

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Hi Scott,

AutoMate can logon/unlock your machine.

What Operating System are you running? If you are running Vista or Higher SAS is required (Open Task Administrator --> Select Options --> Select Default Properties --> Select Default User --> Add a check for "Enabled Software SAS").

In order for AutoMate to logon/unlock you will need to complete the following;

1. You will need to setup your Default User (Open Task Administrator --> Select Options --> Select Default Properties --> Select Default User).
2. Right Click on your Task in question --> Select Properties --> Select Logon --> Set the drop downs to "Unlock using Specified User" and "Logon Specified User"

AutoMate will use our AMLogon.aml (located in C:\Program Files (x86)\AutoMate 9) to logon/unlock the machine. The User it will use to unlock the machine is the user you have set in the options (Step 1)

1. UAC is required for AutoMate logon/unlock.
2. If you have a secuity screen you will need to modify the AMLogon.aml in order to account for that.

Let us know is this helps you.

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