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How To Set Windows to Automatically Login to Account

If you no longer want to have to enter a username or password when starting Windows the 2 options below show how to set Windows to automatically login to a Windows account

Option 1 – Set Autologin via User Accounts

  • Open the Registry Editor by clicking the Windows key + R key on your keyboard
  • Type in netplwiz and press ok
  • The User Accounts Window will now open
  • Untick the box that says Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer
  • Click Ok
  • The Automatically Sign In windows will show. This is where you enter the details of the account that you would like to Autologin at boot
  • Enter the Username of the desired user account
  • Enter the Password for that account in the password and Confirm Password Window
  • Click Ok
  • Restart Windows and it should Autologin to the chosen account

Option 2 – Set Autologin via registry

  • Open the Registry Editor by clicking the Windows key + R key on your keyboard
  • Type in regedit and press Ok
  • Navigate to the following location
  • Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
  • Double Click on the AutoAdminLogon Key and change the value to 1
  • Click Ok
  • Double Click on the DefaultUserName key and enter the username of the account you would like to Autologin. Click Ok
  • Double Click on the DefaultPassword Key and enter the password for that account. Click Ok
  • Close the Registry Editor
  • Restart the computer and it should Autologin to the desired account

Note: If any of the 3 registry keys aren’t present, right-click inside the right pane and select New > String Value, then enter the name as the String Value (e.g AutoAdminlogon). Repeat for any of the strings that aren’t present

Updated on March 26, 2019

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