It can be annoying to have to enter your login information (your username and password) every time you turn on your Windows 10 computer. Fortunately, there are several ways to automatically sign in to Windows 10, saving you precious seconds.
You can do this by changing a few settings in Windows 10 or by using the registry editor. We’ll also show you how to restore those settings in case you ever want to go back to entering your credentials every time you sign in to Windows 10.
Why you might want to set Windows 10 to sign in automatically
Setting Windows 10 to sign in automatically is certainly less secure than forcing users to sign in by entering a password or PIN. However, there are situations where you would prefer your computer to log you in automatically.
- You want run a Steam Linkand you don’t want to have to run to your other computer to enter your Windows 10 credentials every time you want to turn on your Steam Link.
- You use your own laptop for school and you are always late, so you want your computer to start up as quickly as possible without having to enter your password.
- You are the only person in your household – no one else will ever use your computer.
- You are bad at remembering your password.
Despite the reasons above, you’ll probably find that you don’t want to set Windows 10 to sign in automatically forever† Ultimately, you’ll want to go back to Windows 10 where you’ll need to log in with your username/password or PIN. We also recommend doing this for a short period of time for the reasons below.
The disadvantages of automatic login in Windows 10
Before we get started, a few quick notes about why it’s not the best idea to sign in to Windows 10 automatically.
- It’s dangerous. Anyone who can turn on your computer can access it and have administrative privileges if your account is an administrator. The intruder will be able to do everything you can. This is especially dangerous if you have passwords stored in your browser or if you have password manager set to login automatically. Whoever uses your computer has access to all your accounts and passwords! Yaks.
- You probably forgot your password if you never have to enter it.
- If your computer belongs to your school of eemployeryou may not even have administrator privileges on your computer, so you can’t change the settings needed to set up Windows 10 to log in automatically.
You have been warned. Now let’s see how to set up your computer to login automatically.
Set Windows 10 to automatically sign in to the Settings menu
This is the easiest way, but it doesn’t always work.
- In the Windows search bar, type Settings and press Enter†
- In the Find a setting box, type Login options and select it from the list.
- below Sign up requiredput it on Never†
If you follow the steps below and are still prompted for your username and password (or your PIN) when you restart Windows, try the next method.
Set up Windows 10 to sign in automatically via user account settings
Open your user account settings for the easiest way to automatically sign in to Windows 10.
- In the Windows 10 search box or the Run command box (Windows key † R), type netplwiz or manage user passwords†
- Press Enter†
- A User Accounts window opens.
- Uncheck the box next to “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer.If you don’t see the checkbox at all, go to the registry method, which should work.
- Press Enter†
- A new box titled “Sign in automatically” will appear.
- Enter your username and password.
- Confirm your password.
- Select the Okay knob.
Once you restart your computer, you will see the results. You will now be automatically logged in to your account.
Use the Registry Editor to set Windows 10 to log in automatically
Alternatively, you can use the Registry Editor to set Windows 10 to automatically log in when you turn on or restart your computer. Remember bad things can happen if you do this wrong, so back up the registry Before you start.
Please note that you will need to enter the username and password in the registry for the account you want to login to. If you use a Microsoft account to sign in to the PC, just use the email address as the username.
- Type registry editor in the Windows search box and select Registry Editor from the search results. (You can also launch the Run command box by pressing Windows key † R† Then enter regedit and select the Okay knob.)
- If asked, “Do you want to allow this app to make changes to your device?” select Yes.
- Type the following in the search box at the top of the Registry Editor: Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\WindowsNT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon† (You can also browse the folder tree on the left to the right folder.)
- In the right pane, double click Default username† If there is no DefaultUserName entry, create one by selecting edit † New † String value† You name it Default username and select Enter†
- Enter your username and select the Okay knob.
- Then double click Default password† (If there is no DefaultPassword entry, create one by selecting edit † New † String value† You name it Default password and select Enter† Now you can double click on the DefaultPassword entry.)
- Enter your password and select the Okay knob.
- Then create an entry for automatic logins by selecting: edit † New † String value†
- Name the new string value AutoAdminLogon and select the Okay knob.
- Double click on the new AutoAdminLogon entry.
- In the EditString field, enter the number “1” in the Value data field.
- Select the Okay knob. These are the three registry values you need to add below.
- Exit the Registry Editor.
When you restart your computer, your changes will take effect and you’ll automatically log in to Windows 10. If you’ve used a different method to automatically log in to Windows 10, let us know in the comments. Enjoying!