Windows 10 Auto Login: Best and Easiest Ways to Enable It

Adjust your user settings to log in instantly to your PC

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Key notes

  • To auto login on Windows 10, you just need to make a few changes to your user settings.
  • Modifying the registry can also allow you to log in without typing your credentials.

Windows 10, like its predecessor, also comes with multiple options to sign in to the user accounts. However, what if you don’t want any security layers in between and want to auto-login in Windows 10?

This a minor feature, but it can come in handy if your computer won’t let you type your password or if you simply don’t want to type it by hand.

This is fairly simple to set up and in this article, we walk you through the steps to enable auto login in Windows 10.

What is Windows auto login?

Windows auto login is a feature that lets you sign in to your PC without having to enter any login credentials. Let’s have an overview of the pros and cons of this feature:

  • Faster log in – With auto log in, you’ll automatically sign in to your PC. So there’s no need to enter your password or PIN. This can be extremely useful if you don’t share your PC with anybody else.
  • Reduced security – If you choose to disable this feature, anybody will be able to access your PC. This goes for your house members, coworkers, or potential thieves.

How can I enable auto login in Windows 10?

1. Configure User Accounts settings

1. Press Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog.

2. In the Run dialog box, type netplwiz and click OK. This will open the User Accounts window.

3. Uncheck the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box.

Enable auto login Windows 10

4. Click Apply.

5. When prompted to user credentials, enter the username and password to disable password-based login. You may have to enter the username and password twice.

6. Click OK to save and exit the window.

7. On the next restart, you will be able to log in without entering a password for you account.

You can remove the necessity to input a password every time you open your PC by disabling the login credentials. This can be done from the User Accounts menu in Control Panel.

A few users reported that the checkbox from Step 3 is missing on their PC. If that’s the case, you can get it back by doing the following:

  1. Press Windows key + X and select Windows PowerShell (Admin).
  2. Now run the following command: reg ADD “HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\PasswordLess\Device” /v DevicePasswordLessBuildVersion /t REG_DWORD /d 0 /f
  3. Once the command is completed, repeat this solution again, and the checkbox should be available.

2. Edit the Registry Editor

  1. If the first method did not work and Windows 10 still asks for a password during login, try this registry hack.
  2. Before making any changes to the registry, create a system restore point. It will allow you to restore the PC to normal if something goes wrong.
  3. After creating a restore point, proceed to next steps.

Edit registry files

  1. Press Windows key + R to open Run.
  2. Type regedit and click OK to open the Registry Editor.
  3. In the Registry Editor navigate to the following location:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
  4. Next, locate the following values in the right pane:
    • DefaultUserName
    • DefaultPassword
    • AutoAdminLogon
  5. In case you can’t find one or more of these values, you need to manually create them. You can do that by right-clicking the right pane and expanding the New menu. Now choose String Value.
    select new and string value
  6. Name the newly created String Values accordingly.
  7. Next, double-click each to edit them. You need to set the Value data as follows:
    • DefaultUserName: WindowsReport
    • DefaultPassword: YourPassword
    • AutoAdminLogon: 1
  8. Close Registry Editor and restart your PC.
Note icon NOTE
We need to mention that this second solution only works for Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2012 R2.

Setting up auto login in Windows 10 is fairly simple. However, some users reported that they can’t log into Windows 10 at all, and we covered that issue in a separate guide.

We hope that our solutions helped you enable auto login on your PC. Let us know in the comments section below if you have any questions about this topic.

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