How to set auto login in Windows 10?

By Alexandra Bagratian | March 2, 2018 |

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The notorious login screen in Windows 10 has been repeatedly called a terrible nuisance by numerous Microsoft customers. No doubt, typing your password each time you fire up your computer might seem a deeply redundant procedure. Indeed, why not skip it? That appears a perfectly reasonable solution. However, this matter is not as straightforward as it might seem, so let’s try to work things out together.

First and foremost, you might wish to set auto login in Windows 10, since you are requested to waste your time on the manipulation you can easily avoid. You might think that nothing particularly sensitive is stored on your PC and password-protecting your account is therefore a little paranoid. And last but not least, dealing with the login screen at every boot might slow down your computer for some time. Those sound like pretty good reasons, don’t they?

Well, they are, in fact, not that nice. The point is, you will compromise your security if you let auto logon automatically occur on your PC. To start with, your computer can easily get into the wrong hands: it might be stolen, penetrated and used to your disadvantage. The truth is, your machine is actually full of critical data, such as your bank card details, login credentials, insurance details, personal correspondence, etc., which can mess up your life if nicked.

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All in all, privacy and security must come first. But the choice is yours, and you might nevertheless want to enable auto login in Windows 10. In such a case, you are welcome to try the solutions below.

Here are 3 proven ways to bypass the Win 10 login screen:

  1. Change your sign-in options, using the Settings menu.
  2. Configure your login settings via the User Accounts panel.
  3. Modify your Windows Registry to enable automatic login.

All of them are examined in detail below:

Method 1. Change your sign-in options, using the Settings menu.

The easiest way to let your OS boot right to the desktop is by changing your sign-in options in Settings.

To do that, take the following steps:

  1. Start menu -> Settings -> Accounts
  2. Sign-in options -> Require sign-in -> Set it to Never
  3. Go the PIN section below -> Click on the Remove button

If this method has been to no avail and the annoying login screen persists, just work your way down – you have two more tricks up your sleeve.

Method 2. Configure your login settings via the User Accounts panel.

If you are tired of typing a password every time your PC boots, you can tweak your account settings to switch on the automatic logon feature in Windows 10.

Here is how to perform the trick:

  1. Windows logo key + R -> Type ‘netplwiz’ (without quotes) into the Run box -> Press Enter
  2. Enter the User Accounts dialog box -> Select your user account
  3. Find the ‘Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer’ option -> Uncheck it -> Apply
  4. You will see the Automatically sign in dialog box -> Type your password into the appropriate line -> Then confirm your password -> Click OK
  5. After saving the changes, restart your PC to see if you can skip the login screen.

If you want to undo the changes and password-protect your computer, you should disable auto logon. Just go the ‘Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer’ option and check it.

Method 3. Modify your Windows Registry to enable automatic login.

This tweak requires much caution. The thing is, editing your registry is quite risky – it may cause your system to fall apart, so there is no excuse for sloppiness in this kind of work.

To begin with, back up your important files to prevent permanent data loss. You can migrate your data to another PC with a transfer cable or by using the HomeGroup feature. Besides, you can utilize a cloud solution, such as Google Drive, OneDrive, etc., or a portable storage device (an external drive will come in very handy for this purpose). You can find more information on these methods in this article of ours, but keep in mind they all imply quite a substantial amount of manual work. To save yourself time and effort, you can use special backup software, such as Auslogics BitReplica.

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In addition, we strongly advise you to back up your registry. Here is how to do that:

  1. Open Registry Editor by pressing Windows logo key and R at once and typing ‘regedit.exe’ (without quotes) into the Run box.
  2. In your Registry Editor, select the keys you wish to back up -> File > Export
  3. Choose where you want to place your backup file -> Choose the name for it -> Save

Here is how to restore the registry in Windows 10:

  1. Open Registry Editor -> Choose File -> Import
  2. Import Registry File -> Locate your backup file -> Open

Now you can edit your registry to set automatic logon:

  1. Go to your Registry Editor
  2. Locate the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
  3. Navigate to the entry named DefaultUserName -> Double-click on it
  4. Edit String -> Make sure you can find your account name in the Data value box.
  5. Now search for the DefaultPassword entry -> If you cannot find it, you should create such an entry
  6. Right-click on the empty space -> New -> String Value -> Name it DefaultPassword -> Go to the Value data box and enter your password -> Click OK to save the changes
  7. Find the entry named AutoAdminLogon -> Change its value from 0 to 1 -> Click OK for the changes to take effect.

Modify your registry to enable automatic login.

Restart your PC to see if automatic logon has been successfully enabled. To turn it off, you should revert the registry changes you have made.

We hope our tips have proved useful to you.

Do you have any ideas or questions regarding this issue?

We are looking forward to your comments!

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    devnullius
    May 16, 2018 @01:15 pm

    Could it be Microsoft changed something after the 2018 Spring Update? I made a few fresh Hyper-V clients with Windows 10 and all of them fail to auto login. I’m using local accounts. I already tried all 3 options here. I noticed that for option 3 (registry key DefaultPassword) isn’t remembered after the reboot. Smells like a new security “feature”. I so do not understand MS – with their forced reboots it messes up my online tools that need to keep working until *I* allow a reboot 🙁

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      ivan.diskin
      May 21, 2018 @06:13 pm

      Hi devnullius, thanks for your question!

      We suggest you to use TweakManager utility which will help you to setup automatic logon. To start it you should:

      1. Uncheck all the checkboxes marked at the screenshot (here you can see them all in Startup and Shutdown –> Automatic Logon subcategory).

      2. Setup the username and enter your password.

      3. Apply the settings and restart the computer.

      !!! But be careful! If you’ve entered an incorrect username, you won’t be able to log into the system.

      You can test the Auslogics TweakManager utility (ATM) from Auslogics Boost Speed 10 in such a way:

      To download ABS 10 please use this link: http://downloads.auslogics.com/en/boost-speed/10/boost-speed-setup.exe