While it’s not recommended bypassing a login screen in Windows, sometimes you do need it for some applications to run automatically after a computer reboot. It also work well on home computers too because in a secure and trustworthy environment, a more user-friendly setup is more welcomed. However, you should never bypass the login screen on a laptop or tablet because it’s just too easy to get stolen.
Here is what you can do to automatically log into your Windows computer without typing in any password. It’s fairly straightforward.
1. Open the classic user accounts
The easiest way of doing this is to go through the classic user accounts applet which you can launch by typing “netplwiz” in the Run dialog box (by pressing Win + R).
2. Enable auto-logon
Now, if you have more than one user account listed in User Accounts applet, highlight the one you want to use to auto-logon, then un-check the option “users must enter a user name and password to use this computer“.
Click OK, and type the password to the user account you select in the sign-in popup box.
Click OK and it’s all set.
Reboot your computer now, and you will get to the desktop of the user account you selected without keying in its password. Handy and convenient.
Later on if you want to change to another user account for auto-logon, you need to
- Launch the classic user accounts applet.
- Check the option “User must enter a user name and password…“
- Select a different user that you want to use to auto log-on.
- Un-check the option “User must enter a user name and password…” again.
- Click OK, type in the user name and password.
- Click OK again.
If you want to disable auto-logon, do the same with the option “User must enter a user name and password…” checked.
The steps explained above work on Windows 7, 8.1, as well as the new released Windows 10. What it does behind the scene is to change a series registry keys that are related to Windows Logon, such as AutoAdminLogon, DefaultUserName located in the following place.
Therefore, you can do the same by directly changing these registry keys as well.
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Last updated: 08/15/2015