How to get Windows 11 to auto login

Claudiu Andone
by Claudiu Andone
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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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After your PC boots up Windows 11, the first thing you need to do is to select a user account (whether it’s 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’re going to show you how to get rid of the login screen and authenticate automatically to your system.

But first, let’s check if you already have a password and a Windows Hello PIN set up for your account.

How can I find out if I have a password and PIN set up?

  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. Click on the Password option from the list. As you can see in our screenshot, we allready have a password for the account. If you see an Add button, that means that the current account doesn’t have a password.
  4. Now click on the PIN option slightly above, in the same menu. In our example, we already have a PIN set up so we can go forward.
  5. If you don’t have a PIN, click the Set up button.
  6. You will be prompted for the account password, and then you will be able to enter the PIN and to confirm it. Lastly, click OK.

So, now you know if you have a password, PIN, or both. If you don’t have a password set, you will be able to log on to the system by just clicking the Sign-in button from Windows.

However, if you have a password set, you will need to also create a PIN. This will unlock the feature to disable the login procedure completely.

How can I auto login in 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.
  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.
  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 be automatically logged it, without the need to enter a password.

2. Use a dedicated tool

  1. Download the AutoLogon tool.
  2. You will get a zip archive with the files so just extract them in a known location and double-click the one that is 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 so click OK.
  6. After a restart, you will no longer need to use a password for your account to log in.

AutoLogon is a nice tool from Microsoft that allows you to auto login to your system without a password but 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 Registry: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
  3. Click on Edit on the top menu, then select New and 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, then select New, then 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 you want Windows 11 to ask for the password again, repeat the first two steps and delete the AutoAdminLogonDefaultUserName, and DefaultPassword keys.

How to find your username in Windows 11?

If you have multiple accounts on your PC, sometimes you can lose track of what user is logged in at the moment.

You might need the information even for a solution above where you needed to enter the username of your account so here’s how to find out what user is logged in.

Use the Start menu information

If you just click on the Start button from the taskbar, you will see the username right next to your picture (if you included one).

Use Command Prompt

  1. Click the Search icon from the taskbar, type cmd and select Run as administrator.
  2. Type the following command and press Enter: echo %username%
  3. Right below, you will see the username.

We hope that our guide helped get rid of the password requirements to log into your Windows 11 and now 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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