How To Automatically Login In Windows 10

Want to quickly boot to your Windows 10 desktop by skipping the login screen? Would you like to avoid typing your account password each time you turn on your PC? You can configure Windows 10 to automatically boot to the desktop or Start screen without requiring to enter the account password.

The core benefit of configuring Windows 10 to automatically sign-in is you don’t need to remember the password, which also means that you save a couple of seconds during the boot. This, in turn, means that Windows 10 boots to the Start screen or desktop a couple of seconds faster.

Automatic login Windows 10

The procedure to set up automatic logon in Windows 10 is very similar to the one in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

This method is applicable to both local user account and Microsoft account. In other words, whether you’re using a Microsoft account or local user account, you can use this guide to enable automatic logon.

WARNING: Enable automatic logon only if you are the sole user of your computer. If you often share your computer with others, others will be able to peek into your account without knowing the password.

You can follow one of the methods given below to turn on automatic login in Windows 10.

Method 1 of 2

Automatically logon without password

This is the easiest way to automatically login to Windows 10 without entering the password.

Step 1: First step is to open Run command box by simultaneously pressing Windows logo and R keys (Windows+R). In the Run dialog box, type Netplwiz and then press Enter key.

Automaticlly login in Windows 10 step01

Step 2: In the resulting User Accounts dialog, select your user account first and then uncheck the option labelled Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer. Click Apply button to see Automatically sign in box.

Automaticlly login in Windows 10 step1

Automaticlly login in Windows 10 step2

Step 3: In the Automatically sign in dialog, type your password and then re-enter the password to confirm the same.

Automaticlly login in Windows 10 step3

Finally, click OK button.

Method 2 of 2

Turn on automatic sign-in using Registry

If, for some reason, you’re not able to configure Windows 10 to automatically logon by following the above method, please use this method.

Step 1: Open Registry Editor. To do so, type Regedit in the Start menu search box or Run command box and then press Enter key. Click Yes button when you see the UAC (User Account Control) box.

Automaticlly login in Windows 10 step4

Step 2: In the Registry Editor, navigate to the following key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Automatic sign in Windows 10

Step 3: On the right-side, look for the entry named DefaultUserName, double-click on it and make sure that your Microsoft account or local user account name is appearing under Value data box.

Automaticlly login in Windows 10 step5

Step 4: Next, on the right-side again, look for the entry named DefaultPassword. If the entry doesn’t exist, please create one by right-clicking on the empty space, clicking New and then clicking String Value. Rename it to DefaultPassword and enter your password in the Value data box. Click OK button.

Automaticlly login in Windows 10 step6

Automaticlly login in Windows 10 step7

Step 5: Finally, you need to enable automatic logon. To do so, on the right-side (once again), look for the entry labelled AutoAdminLogon and then change its value from 0 (zero) to 1 (one).

Automaticlly login in Windows 10 step9

That’s it! Restart your PC to see your Windows 10 automatically logging into your account without asking you to enter the password. Good luck!

Without a doubt, the second method is not as easy as the first one. Have fun with Windows 10!



  1. Sam says

    Microsoft is evil. Some update must have changed to requiring the Microsoft password for login. When I rebooted, I was unable to get on since I rarely use the Microsoft account and it was lucky that I found the password on a scrap of paper, else I was on the verge of having to restore from backup. Microsoft has no right to change something as fundamental as how one logs in without explicitly asking (or not at all!).

    — sam

  2. admin says

    @ Mike, really sorry for what happened to you. But this is the first time I am hearing this kind of problem. As you have said none of the usual ways work, we recommend you contact Microsoft support team using the built-in Contact support app.

  3. Mike says

    Tried method 1 on my updated (from win 7 to 10) desktop & lost the Administrator. I was the only user. Now I’m a guest who can’t use any programs that will change the PC……ie..defrag. This sucks. Now I’m stuck till I can get the Administrator back. The usual ways don’t work. Tried a few suggestions on MS help & nothing works so far. Can’t even go back to Windows 7 like I should be able to for the 1st 30 days of upgrading………you have to be the Administrator!!!!!

    Any more clues??

  4. admin says

    @ Serg, thanks for the suggestion but it looks like a commercial software. Moreover, why use a third-party tool when it’s possible to configure auto logon in Windows itself.

  5. SteveGov says

    Method 2 worked like a charmer. Now we can deploy our w10 thin clients ready for XenDesktop VDIs! (don’t ask!)

  6. Kote Kutalia says

    Is there any way to do this via cmd before booting Windows? I’ve got a black screen every time it comes to choosing users, probably because of my damaged user account.

  7. James Melka says

    I found method 1 works for power up and restart. In order to not have to login when the pc goes to sleep after a period of no activity, I clicked on Start icon, then Settings, then System, then Power and sleep. I set the list for the pc sleep to ‘Never’. It worked.

    Jim T.

  8. Adela says

    Method 1 did not work for me except when I boot it up or when I turn it on in the mornings, but once it’s on and I leave the machine for 5 or 10 minutes, again I have to sign in on my return. What a rotten defect!!!

    Method 2 (registry)…I’m afraid to touch it.

    May I ask please? A commenter here said when his “pin” was removed, it worked. Could someone tell me what this pin is so I can try this too?

    Lastly…what’s “Metro UI”? Thanks very much!

  9. Dee Russ says

    Tried all THREE methods. Something worked, not sure which one. But we’ll see if it’s a permanent fix. If I had to guess, knowing MS, it’s a temporary thing. Gawd, ! I hate MS. Next computer is a MAC!

  10. H.C. says

    Tried both Method 1 and 2. No success with either. After machine reboots, it still asks, no it DEMANDS, a password. I MUST use the password I was forced to create while setting up an on-line Microsoft account. Gee it sure would be nice to have the computer come on WITHOUT requiring a password and checking some on-line repository for authentication!

  11. Steve says

    Method 1 didn’t work for me. Method 2 works, but then you have your password sitting in plaintext in the registry. It turns out that you can combine the two methods. If Method 1 doesn’t work, leave those settings modified, and then open the registry, and do all the steps except setting the password. This works perfectly for me.

    Generally, if Method 1 doesn’t work, the only step from Method 2 that’s necessary is to change the value of AutoAdminLogon to 1.

  12. Steve says

    Method 1 didn’t work for me. Method 2 works, but then you have your password sitting in plaintext in the registry. It turns out that you can combine the two methods. If Method 1 doesn’t work, leave those settings modified, and then open the registry, and do all the steps except setting the password. This works perfectly for me.

  13. Rosser Moody says

    the latest win 10 update has caused my auto sign in to go away. Now even when pc wakes up from sleep mode I have to reenter my name and PW . WHY????

  14. jon says

    Tried both methods, still doesnt work. On Start up I get a message saying ‘could not connect’ and it forces me to enter my password again anyway. Whats the deal?

  15. Mike says

    Method 1 works great just make sure the user name matches the password you are using to log in with.
    Does anyone know how to get windows 10 to automatically log in when returning from signing out?

  16. Po Nonimous says

    Neither one of those worked for me at all and caused me endless grief and frustration to the point where I restored to Win 7

    However, I did find this at the OFFICIAL Microsoft Website:

    In the Search box, type control userpasswords2, and then press ENTER. Administrator permission required If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    Clear the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer check box, and then click Apply.

    In the Automatically Log On dialog box, type your password, and then click OK.

    In the User Accounts dialog box, click OK.

    After you restart your computer, you will be able to log on automatically.

    That actually WORKED for me and I didn’t have to change anything in the registry.

    Try it yourself and you’ll see it actually works.

  17. David says

    Yep works ok until you click the windows button, the critical error sign etc appears. How on earth do I get rid of the Netplwiz? At least I only had to put password in, now big problem.

  18. Jenny says

    I’ve done borth methods, and it works until I restart my computer. Then I have to do the procedure all over again. Incredibly irritating! I had the same problem with windows 8.

  19. Charlie says

    netplwiz didn’t work for me at first. I removed my PIN and now it logs into Windows fine.

  20. Hector says

    Thanks! Method 2 worked for me as using the GUI interface didn’t work. The registry hack bypassed the login process after entering my windows account and password there (had to create one so I can run Store applications). Now to fix the remoting in.


  21. David Williams says

    I can’t either to work, can’t just have button to turn it off, you know something that makes sense.

  22. eric says

    I tried both methods several times and can’t get either one to work. Is there anything else I can do to make the password sign in go away!!!!

  23. Andrea says

    I finally got method one to work..after many attempts because my passwords were set differently..anyway it did work..thanks !

  24. niki says

    method 1 works when you restart windows 10, but it doesn’t work if you sign out of windows 10, if you log off it won’t auto log you back on.

  25. Tristan says

    Hal, I followed the steps and this works just fine. Good job on the indiscriminate Microsoft hate though.

  26. Hal says

    It doesn’t work. Microsoft has made it impossible to bypass it.

    Windows 10 is a disaster. Just bringing the stupid metro UI into windows does not fix the problem. The functionality is still split and awkward. What does Microsoft hate its Desktop users so much? What did we do to deserve this?

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