I used to be able to set up my computer to sign me in automatically when I
reboot. My new computer doesn’t do that and I have to type in my password each
time. How do I make it stop needing that?
It turns out that it’s not that difficult to set up at all.
I’ll walk you through the steps and I’ll show you in a short video exactly
how to do what you want.
But I do need to ask you a very important question first:
Are you really sure that you want to do this?
Automatic sign-in risks
Before we even begin, I do need to mention that by allowing your machine to automatically sign in, you’re opening up a fairly large security risk.
The risk is that anyone can walk up to your machine and access everything on it.
Even if the machine is “locked”, all that they need do is reboot it (power-cycling it if need be), and the machine happy restarts and logs in as you.
If that’s not an acceptable risk, then you don’t want to do this.
There are certainly cases where it makes sense, so let’s set it up.
Setting up auto sign-in
The quickest way to get to the setting that we need is to use Windows search to look for “netplwiz”:
Click that when it shows up in the search results above the Start menu:
In the resulting dialog:
Make sure that “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer” is unchecked.
If there is more than one account listed below, click the account that you want to have login automatically.
Now click OK.
When you click OK (or Apply), Windows will prompt you for the password of the account that you’ve selected to be automatically signed in. Windows will save this (securely) and use it at boot time to automatically sign in.
That’s it. Reboot your computer to watch it sign in automatically.
We’ve covered only login – if you also want to make sure that a password is not required after Standby or Hibernation, you’ll want to read How do I avoid needing a password after standby or hibernation?
Today I’m going to show you how to configure Windows 7 to login automatically even if you have a password.
We’ll start by using Windows own search tool to look for n-e-t-p-l-w-i-z … ‘netplwiz’; click on that, now unclick ‘Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer’ because of course that’s exactly what we don’t want. If you have multiple accounts listed, click on the account you would like to have login automatically.
Now click on ‘Apply’. You’ll then be prompted to provide the password for that account. Once you’ve done so, that gets stored away you could hit ‘OK’ and you machine will automatically login to that account when you restart it.