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29 comments on “How Do I Sign In to Windows 10 Automatically?”

  1. I agree that not to use a password is a security risk. If you EVER take the device out of the house it could be stolen although I understand they can be bypassed by ‘those who know how’. Even if it is a desktop normally kept in the house you could be subject to theft. I suppose the best thing is to have all private information on dropbox or whatever and if your hardware is stolen change the ‘Cloud’ password right away. However, on reflection if your dropbox has the password stored the thief might be able to change it? I’m not sure.

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  2. Leo,

    Even though the box is unchecked and the user highlighted in Ntplwiz, Win 10 still requires a password when booting on my system.
    And it also requires two boots. The first boot reaches the Win 10 logo and powers off. The second boot is successful. And as you said, Win 10 will be buggy for several months.

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    • What I’ve noticed on my machine configured this way is that it displays the login dialog asking for a username and password, but then it continues to boot and log me in automatically. It looks like it’s requiring login, but in reality it isn’t. Buggy indeed.

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  3. I don’t usually use a login password on any of my machines except when I am out of town staying at a hotel or similar establishment. Then I use a temporary password and a hot spot. I turn off the password requirement when I get home again. It only takes seconds to turn the password on or off.

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  4. Leo is absolutely correct. I have run netplwiz numerous times and on restart there is a VERY brief flash of a stored password before boot sequence continues automatically without user entry.

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  5. Not yet upgraded to Windows 10 (waiting for all the bug-fixes to be complete) but I’m taking notes of all the little “fixes” you guys are finding.

    Thank you all – I’m looking forward to a smooth transition around March/April next year – but saving all the “AskLeo” e-mails.

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  6. I tried the instructions above regarding removing the tick in the password prompt on the user account box and so allowing windows 7 to log in automatically. The computer did log in without a password. However my copy of Microsoft Outlook 2007 reverted to the original software installation state as if I had just loaded it. I panicked at this stage thinking that I would lose information so rapidly restored the computer with the tick reinstated. Any idea what is happening here and need I have worried.

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  7. I DO want to do away with my password.
    Win10.
    Have done as directed, but search returns nothing.
    How to circumvent or download a new copy?

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    • You have several options. Either press Win+R and then type “netplwiz” in a prompt or start typing “netplwiz” right after opening a start menu. You could also enter “control userpasswords2” instead of “netplwiz”. Good luck.

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  8. I found out, doing so as subscribed above, that the same autologin kept my windows 10 download confirmation waiting.
    While the checklist for my computer gave everything ready, there was still no option for me to download/upgrade to windows 10.
    When I checked the “more information” link I saw the following message; ” your pc does autologin. After the upgrade you may possibly find problems with logging in.
    I did the reverse of subscribed above and now I’m able to download/upgrade to windows 10.

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    • If you mean a second user on the same machine, Windows can only automatically log into one account, otherwise, it wouldn’t be automatic.

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  9. I have never used a password for this machine with Win10, or before with Win7 and was able to have no password at all as i explained in a comment on Leo’s post of Aug 21. But i was curious to see what the user accounts setting was and seeing that the ‘user needs a password’ box was still checked, i unchecked but then was told that cause i had changed things i would have to put in a password. As it seemed funny to create a password so i wouldn’t need to use a password; i changed the box backed to checked and said no to the ‘do you want to change things’ box; and everything is back to normal; lol.

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  10. I have unchecked the box, i have entered my password in the resulting box, however when i do a cold start it requires a password to be entered as well as when i close the laptop and reopen it 10 seconds later. there is no tick or blip or even waiting a whole minute that will let the auto login occur. i am the only user and the administrator. I’m wondering if the problem could be that the computer is saying my user name is my first name and I just went with it but I’m thinking I might need to change my user name to my whole name as that is what the pc calls me; first name last name, then the password box. I did this and password is still required. I also tried using my outlook login password address, still need password. This is frustrating because I live alone and keep no financial info on the computer. Its for reading stuff for school and the occasional email or short paper.

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  11. Hello, I’ ve just got my new laptop and updated a language pack. I shutted it down and when I opened it, asked for a password. But I didn’t give any. What should I do?

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    • Try just hitting Enter. Very often the password screen will show when there is no password. Just hit enter and you may get past it.

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  12. When I log on there is a spot to enter my password which is fine. However I used to have a photo from my collection show up on the log in screen. Now there is my name and above it a circle with no photo. How do I get a photo in this circle?

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  13. ive done all the netplwiz stuff and the checkbox window is all ready unchecked. so i cant find a way to remove requirement. i also set a pin number to make it easy but would prefer it just open when i turn on my pc. my laptop has windows 10 my laptop opens without a pin or password. can you help?

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    • If you take your laptop out of the house, it’s a very good to have it password protected. Encryption is also a good idea for laptops.

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