Auto Login on Windows 11: 3 Ways to Automatically Sign in

You may use a dedicated tool to configure the feature

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  • The auto-login option in Windows 11 will save you a lot of time used for accessing your system.
  • However, we don't recommend this feature if you have more users using the PC or if it's accessible to other people.
  • From our guide, you will also get some pro tips on how to see if you already have a password or a PIN set up.
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Let us explore Windows 11 auto login with you in this guide.

After your PC boots up Windows 11, select a user account (a Microsoft or a local account) and sign in with your password.

That’s great because all the security measures help you protect your privacy and data, but if you’re the only one using the PC (not in a work environment), you’re only losing time.

If that’s the situation, you can safely remove the password requirements, and when Windows 11 starts, you will get straight to your apps without logging in.

In this article, we’ll show you how to get rid of the login screen and authenticate automatically to your system.

What is the auto login feature?

The auto-login feature on Windows 11 enables users to access a computer without the need to input any login credentials, passwords, or pins.

This method comes with a few benefits that we like including the following:

  • The first and obvious benefit is the time it saves you in accessing a computer by eliminating a step in the process. This reduces the startup or boot time.
  • The feature gives non-admin users free use of a pre-programmed user account.
  • It makes access seamless and more manageable for public computers since Windows 11 auto login on your local account does not require a password or PIN.

Users have posed questions on the security risks associated with this feature, but we recommend you turn on this feature only on computers you intend to share with a group and not on a private PC.

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Note that you can also enable this feature in Windows 10.

How can I auto-login on Windows 11?

1. Use the system’s Settings

  1. Click the Start button and select Settings.
  2. Select Accounts from the left pane and click on Sign-in options from the right.
  3. Now look down, right under Additional settings, to turn off the Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts. If the option is greyed out, log out and log back into your account.
  4. You will be prompted to enter the password, then hit the Yes button.Windows 11 auto login
  5. Press the Windows key + R to start Run, type netplwiz, and press Enter or click OK.
  6. Now uncheck the box writing Users must enter a username and password to use this computer.Windows 11 auto login
  7. After you click Apply, you will be asked again for the password to validate the change.
  8. Next time you restart the PC, you will automatically log in without entering a password.

2. Use a dedicated tool

  1. Download the AutoLogon tool.
  2. You will get a zip archive with the files, so extract them in a known location and double-click the one suited for your system.
  3. You will be prompted to enter your account password, so fill it in and select Yes.
  4. In the next window, enter the password again and click Enable.
  5. You will receive a message that AutoLogon was successfully configured, click OK.
  6. After a restart, you will no longer need to use a password for your account to log in.

AutoLogon is an excellent tool from Microsoft that allows you to auto-login to your system without a password. Still, it also encrypts the credentials in the Windows Registry so no one can see it if they snoop around.

3. Use Windows Registry

  1. Press the Windows key + R to start Run, type regedit, and press Enter or click OK.
  2. Got to the following path in the Registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
  3. Click on Edit on the top menu, select New, choose DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it AutoAdminLogon.
  4. Double-click the key to edit it and give it the value 1.
  5. Now click again on Edit, select New, choose String Value and name it DefaultUserName.
  6. Double-click the value and change the Value data with your user name.
  7. Next, click on Edit, select New, then String Value and name it DefaultPassword.
  8. Fill in your password, then click OK.

Of course, if you change your mind and want Windows 11 to ask for the password again, repeat the first two steps and delete the AutoAdminLogonDefaultUserName, and DefaultPassword keys.

We hope our guide helped remove the password requirements to log into your Windows 11; you can use the auto-login option.

Of course, if you use your computer in an environment where other people can access your PC, we recommend using a password instead.

The auto-login feature is a two-way street because it will save you some time to get into your system, but it doesn’t offer any protection in case of theft, for instance.

If you have trouble remembering the passwords, check our list, including the best password managers for families to stay safe and protect your privacy.

If you have any questions or suggestions, we have a comments section below that waits for your input.

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