Skip the Login Password and Go Right to the Desktop in Windows 10

Edited by Jay

It's safe to say that Windows 10 takes the security of its users pretty seriously. There are a variety of features and options available to help ensure that our personal data and files never become compromised or stolen. In addition to protecting our data, Windows 10 (as well as older versions) helps prevent unauthorized access to your computer by requiring a username and password when the machine boots up, as well as when it wakes from sleep mode. This is great for when you're out and about or at work but can become a bit tiresome when at home, especially if it's just yourself.

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The good news is, there are a few methods to stop Windows 10 from requiring a password each time the device boots or wakes from sleep mode. The steps in this article are easy to follow, so if you're someone who alternates between using your laptop at home and away reasonably often, you'll be able to switch back and forth without any hassle.

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In the following VisiHow tutorial, we're going to walk through the steps to enable automatic sign in, as well as how to stop Windows from requesting a password every time the device wakes from sleep mode. For this article, we used a Sager laptop running Windows 10 Professional.

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Enable Automatic Sign in Windows 10

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    Using the search function, type "netplwiz" (without the quotes), then click the first link once the results populate.
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    Here in the User Accounts window, uncheck; "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer", then click "Apply".
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    In the following window, enter your password twice, then click "OK".
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    Back on the Users Accounts window, click "OK" once more to finalize the change
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    Each time you reboot your system, you'll go directly to the desktop rather than having to sign in with your username and password. To disable automatic sign in, place a check next to; "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer".
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Disable Sign in on Wake Up with Settings

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    On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X at the same time.
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    When the Quick Link menu appears, click "Settings".
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    Here on the main Settings window, click "Accounts".
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    On the Accounts window, click "Sign-in options" in the left pane.
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    Under Sign-in options, click the drop-down arrow under; "If you've been away, when should Windows require you to sign in again?".
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    With the drop-down expanded, select "Never"
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    Now when you wake your PC up from sleep mode, you'll no longer be prompted for a username and password. To enable the login prompt again, simply switch back to; "When PC wakes from sleep".
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Disable Sign in on Wake Up with Local Group Policy

The following steps will only work for users with Windows 10 Professional. If you're using Windows 10 Home, use the steps in the section above.

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    Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard.
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    In the Run command window, type; "gpedit.msc" (without the quotation marks), then click "OK".
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    When the Local Group Policy window appears, double-click "Computer Configuration".
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    In the Computer Configuration section, double-click "Administrative Templates".
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    In the Administrative Templates section, double-click "System".
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    In the System section, double-click "Power Management".
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    In the Power Management section, double-click "Sleep Settings".
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    Under Sleep Settings, double-click either; "Require a password when a computer wakes up (plugged in)" or "Require a password when a computer wakes up (on battery)".
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    In the following window, select "Disabled", then click "Apply".
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    In the same window, click "OK" to close the local group policy window.
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    To change back, so Windows prompts for a username and password after waking, double-click one of the two options in step 8.
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    In the Require a password when... group policy window, select "Not Configured", then click "Apply".
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    To close the group policy window, click "OK".
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  • If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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