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How to enable and disable automatic logon in Windows 10

This tutorial will show you how to enable automatic sign-in on a computer running the Windows 10 operating system. The procedure is the same for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 so if you are using an older operating system it will work too.

Manually entering a username and password is a security measure that prevents unauthorised users from accessing your user profile and should always be used if you keep sensitive information on your computer. The procedure detailed below circumvents manual sign-in by specifying an account to login in with automatically when the PC starts up and stores the password for that account. Therefore, it can pose a security risk because anyone who can gain physical access to the PC and turn it on will be able to log in with the specified account without providing any security credentials.

Having said that, there are often legitimate reasons for requiring automatic login to your Windows 10 computer and if you are reading this then you will probably have a good reason for wanting to do this. But do think about the risks before you proceed.

How to enable automatic logon for Windows 10

Press Win+R and enter netplwiz to open the advanced user account control window.

Advanced User Account Control

Run netplwiz to open Advanced User Account Control

Under the Users tab, select the account that you want to use for automatic logon and then remove the tick from the “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer” checkbox. Click OK

User Logon Credentials

Enter user logon credentials

In the automatic sign-in window, enter the username and password for the account that you want to use to automatically log in to the computer. Click OK

Restart your PC and you will find that it will automatically sign-in to the desktop using the user account credentials that you specified. If you want to log in with a different account then you will need to either sign-out of this account first, or press CTRL-ALT-DEL and choose “Switch user”

How to disable automatic logon for Windows 10

The procedure for disabling automatic sign-in is simply a reverse of the above:

Press Win+R and enter netplwiz to open the advanced user account control window.

Under the Users tab,  tick the “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer” checkbox.

Click OK

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