If several people use your PC, it is wise to have their own account in Windows 10. You can then log in to your PC by entering a password or PIN. If you are the only one using your computer, you may find it unnecessary to log in every time. We explain how you can log in without a password in Windows 10.
When to log in without a password?
When configuring, an account is created by default with which you have to log in. In this way you can easily do with multiple users with one PC. But an account is not always necessary. For example, if you have a desktop at home that you only use yourself, or a PC for general use for the whole family. However, if you have a laptop, it is recommended that you simply log in with a username and password. This prevents others from just getting into your laptop and accessing your stored files and other personal information when you have taken your laptop somewhere.
Step 1: Registration procedure
If you do not want to enter a password after starting up your computer, you have to make several adjustments. You can also return the sleep mode, power management and screen saver to your login screen. The standard options for logging in to Windows can be found via Home / Settings / Accounts / Login Options. You can change a password, set PIN or choose picture password here. Because we will automatically log in, we ignore these choices. Click on the drop-down menu at the top of the screen When should a password be required when you return to the computer. Choose here Never.
Step 2: Sign in automatically
The option to automatically sign in to Windows 10 is not present in the default settings. Press Windows key+R and give the command netplwiz followed by Enter. In the list, select the username with which you want to log in automatically. Only now remove the check mark Users must provide a username and password (...) and click OK. Windows asks for the password associated with the chosen account. You have to type this in twice. Restart your computer to see if the trick works. You can easily undo the settings again by placing the check mark again.
Note: Automatic login with the option explained here works notmore in the latest update of Windows 10, the October 2020 update with version number 20H2. If you have already set up automatic login under an earlier version of Windows 10, the settings will remain in effect. Only automatically logging in an account again is then no longer possible.
Step 3: Power Management
There are also password settings hidden in Windows Power Options. Open your classic control panel via a search at Home / Settings. Go to here Hardware and Sound / Power Management and look at Require a password when waking up from sleep. click on Change settings that are currently unavailable. Finally, choose the option Do not require a password.
Are you using a screen saver? You can also send this back to your login screen. Open the options of the screensaver through the search screensaver through Home / Settings. If necessary, disable the screen saver or make sure that there is no check mark Show login screen on resume.
Help, I can't log in anymore
It can also happen that you want to log in to Windows 10, but you have forgotten your password. Fortunately, the password is easy to recover with these steps. In this article, we'll explain how to recover your Windows 10 password.