Ever feel like you have too many passwords? Of course, they’re essential to maintaining security for just about everything these days but one that some people would rather do without is for their PC.
If you and your family are all using one computer, it’s probably best that you keep your passwords – you don’t want kids around personal documents for example.
But if you’ve got a computer that never leaves the house and is only used by yourself (and perhaps your partner), you might think your password is a bit unecessary.
Passwords should not be disabled lightly, so consider carefully whether you have sensitive documents you may want to protect. If there's really nothing delicate on your machine, then follow these steps to stop you from having to login.
Before you get started, make sure you have the current login details to hand, which may be your Microsoft account – if you’re unsure about what type of account you have, read this feature first.
Part 1: Getting to user account settings
1. Search Run in Cortana and select it.
2. Type ‘netplwiz’ and click OK.
Part 2: Disabling manual PC login
1. Untick Users must enter a username and password to use this computer.
2. Select Apply.
3. Enter the username and password you usually use to login to your PC – you should be able to see this listed in the previous User Accounts window.
4. Click OK.
Your PC will now automatically login every time you start the PC – however, you’ll need to follow Part 3 below to disable logging in whenever you resume using your computer after it’s entered sleep mode.
Part 3: Disabling PC login after sleep mode
1. Go to Settings, followed by Accounts.
2. Select Sign-in options from the menu, then choose Never from the first drop down box.