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How to Skip the Windows 10 Login Screen and Log Into Your User Account Automatically

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How to Skip the Windows 10 Login Screen and Log Into Your User Account Automatically

Starting with Windows 8 and continuing in Windows 10, users must type their password before logging into their account after booting or when switching user accounts. This Windows 10 password login screen will appear by default for any user account with which a password is associated.
While strong account passwords are important (and recommended) not every user wants or needs to enter their password every time they boot their PC. Thankfully, users can disable or bypass the Windows 10 login screen and automatically log directly into their account when booting. Here’s how it works.

  • First, log into your Windows 10 user account as you normally do by entering your password at the login screen. Next, click Start (or tap the Windows Key on your keyboard) and type netplwiz. The “netplwiz” command will appear as a search result in the Start Menu search. Hit Enter on your keyboard or click on the result to open it.
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  • A new window labeled “User Accounts” will appear, listing all user accounts on the PC. Click on your user account to select it and uncheck the box labeled “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.”
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You’ll be prompted to enter the user account’s password (this is a safeguard to ensure that other users on the PC can’t change the settings for accounts they don’t have access to). Enter your account’s password and then click OK to close the window.
Finally, test the new setting by saving all open work and rebooting your PC. If all steps above were performed correctly, Windows 10 should bypass the login screen and load directly into your user account without prompting you for the account’s password.

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