How to Enable auto-login on Windows 10

Windows 10 has a feature that enables you to bypass the lock screen and login automatically to your computer. If you prefer booting your PC faster without a login screen, then you’ll find our guide useful. Besides, enabling auto-login means getting rid of the password prompt that you have to enter each time you open your computer. 

The benefits of disabling the lock screen in Windows 10 are many. First, you don’t have to remember the password every time as your computer automatically signs in. Secondly, it helps save time especially if one is busy and wants to whiz past the login session and get straight to work. The procedure for enabling auto-login is the same: whether your system is Windows 7, 8 or 10.

In this tutorial, we look at different ways that you can enable auto-login on Windows 10.

Using the User account Settings

Step 1: Press Windows Key +R  to open the run command box. Type ‘netplwiz’ in the box and hit  ENTER. 


This opens the   ‘User Accounts‘ window.

Step 2: Next, select the user account you want to enable the auto-login for and uncheck the ‘Users must enter a name and password to this computer’ option as shown below.

enable auto-login on Windows 10

Step 3: Click the ‘Apply‘ button and press ‘OK‘ to exit the page

Step 4: The user account page will prompt you to enter the password for the account you want to start without a password automatically.

Prompt before disabling Password

Enter the user account details and press ‘OK‘ to close the page

Step 5: Finally, Reboot your PC. After restarting your computer, the user account will automatically log you in without a password. 

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Enable Auto-Login Using the Registry

The registry is another useful tool for turning on auto login in Windows 10.

To enable Windows 10 auto-login using the registry feature, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Press Windows Key+ R.  Type “Regedit” and press ENTER.


Step 2: On the registry editor page, click and  follow the path below

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

Step 3: Locate the “DefaultUserName” attribute on the right side. 


Double-click on the attribute and ensure the “value data” text field bears the name of the account user name that you desire to enable autologin.

Value data

Step 4: On the right side of the menu again, look for an attribute called ‘DefaultPassword‘. If it’s not present, create one by right-clicking and selecting ‘New‘ then ‘String Value‘.

Select New then String Value

Step 5: Rename the file to ‘DefaultPassword‘ and enter your current Microsoft user account password in the box below 

enable auto-login on Windows 10

Step 6: Press ‘OK‘  to save the changes. Now restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

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Bypass Password Using the Auto login tool

The auto-login tool is a free app by Microsoft that allows you to bypass the lock screen and access your user account directly. To start with Auto logon, download it to your computer. Launch the app to initialize the process. On the logon app page, indicate your user account credentials and click the “Enable” button. Restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

Enabling auto logon in windows 10 is not a daunting feature when you know what to do. You must have realized that the second method is more complicated than the first. However, regardless of your choice, the result is enabling auto-login in windows 10. We hope you found this insightful. In this topic, we demonstrated how you can enable auto-login on Windows 10. Thank you for your time.

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