There is a very good reason why every device – from the simplest computers to top-tier smart devices – are password-protected, they prevent hackers and thieves from stealing your virtual identity and many other things like your money, credit card data, credentials, licenses, and passwords. However, unlike smartphones and tablets – where unlocking the device happens in a jiffy – a computer’s boot time increases dramatically when the login screen is turned on. So it’s not surprising that, for reasons of convenience, many people turn off password protection even when it comes to the flagship product of Microsoft, Windows 10. And even though we can’t deny that a passwordless login to your Windows account is convenient, the situation is not as black and white as you think.
How to Log in to Windows 10 Without Password
Finding the right command to disable the password screen in Windows 10 is not easy, as – like many features of this OS – the setup screen can only be opened if you type in a certain command into the search bar and launch the program from there. However, the process is ridiculously easy and it goes like this:
- Type “netplwiz” in the search bar of the Start menu, then run the special program by clicking on the very first result in the hit list.
- Search for the box next to “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”. If the box is empty, leave it as it is; if it is ticked, untick it.
- Once the box is unticked, a new screen appears: enter your username and password, confirm your password again, then click OK
- Click OK again on the program’s main screen and restart the computer to let the changes take effect.
There is another method to get rid of the password screen, but since it requires tampering with your PC’s registry, it is only recommended for more tech-savvy users:
- Launch Registry Editor by typing “regedit” (or “Regedit”) into the Start menu’s search bar. When the User Account Control (UAC) box appears simply hit “Yes”.
- Once the Registry Editor is running, navigate to
- Double-click on “DefaultUserName” in the right (bigger) box and make sure that your local account name or Microsoft username appears in the “Value data” box.
- Then look for the entry “DefaultPassword”, double-click on it and see whether the “Value data” box contains your password. If “DefaultPassword” entry doesn’t exist, create a new one by right-clicking on an empty space, then clicking New > String Value. Rename the new entry to DefaultPassword, enter your password into the aforementioned box and click OK.
- Check for the entry called “AutoAdminLogon”, change its value from 0 to 1, click OK, and then simply restart the computer.
Why Is Auto-Login Not Recommended?
We know that booting time is crucial when using a computer, especially if the cache is littered with junk files and other unnecessary things, but the safety of your account should always come first. Although it is unlikely that a burglar would steal your computer, if the PC is a smaller one and is not password protected, then you can say goodbye to your most precious data and your online life.
The Alternatives: Other Login Methods and Password Managers
The developers of Windows 10 realized that passwords can be tedious – especially long and complex ones – and that’s why the OS offers password alternatives, some of which are even better than just a ‘plain’ password. Depending on your choice it is possible to enter a 4-digit PIN code, display a picture and draw gesture commands (the so-called picture password) or even scan your fingerprint.
But there is a method for those who’d rather stick to good old passwords as well: password managers. Although these programs are mostly optimized for storing passwords related to online accounts – meaning that auto-filling the necessary credentials to OS login screens is not supported – the option of creating secure notes ensures that your Windows 10 password can be saved to a safe environment where nobody, not even the software’s developer, can decipher it. Additionally, these secure notes can also be used to store your Windows 10 license key, too, not to mention virtually all sorts of data, from ID documents and credit card credentials to online receipts and other software licenses.
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