How to: Remove Windows 10 Password (No Login Screen)

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Infopackets Reader Sheila P. writes:

" Dear Dennis,

How do I disable my Windows 10 password so I can log into Windows 10 automatically? Ever since I upgraded to Windows 10 I have to enter in my email address and then a password. Before using Windows 10, I was using Windows 7 and the system booted straight into the desktop. I want to do the same thing with Windows 10. Can you help? "

My response:

It is possible to login to Windows 10 without a password, but doing so is a very poor security policy. If someone were to gain access to your device (whether it was by remote or locally), they could also gain access to all of your files.

Also note that once you convert your Windows 10 email account login to a local account (with no email address), you will lose access to certain Microsoft services unless you sign into each service independently with a Microsoft account (and only if the app provides the functionality). Microsoft One Drive is an example of such a service that requires an email address / email account login to function.

If you're OK with all of that, then keep reading.

How to Remove Windows 10 Password (No Login Screen)

In order to disable your windows 10 password, you will first need to convert your Windows 10 email account login to a local account (with no email), then modify your local account so that it has no password. There's a lot more to mention than that (with some caveats), but that's the general idea. Once you do that, you can boot straight into the Windows 10 desktop.

Here are the steps in more detail:

  1. The first thing you will need to do is to enable the hidden Administrator account. Later you will login as the Administrator account so that you can set your local user password as blank. Note that if you don't use the Administrator account to set your password blank, you will receive an error message stating that "Windows can't change the password". To enable the Administrator account: click Start, then type in "cmd" (no quotes), then right click CMD.EXE or Command Prompt (once it appears in this list), and select Run as Administrator. Now, highlight the text below with your mouse:

    net user administrator /active:yes
     
  2. Go to the black command prompt window you opened in Step #1, then right click in the middle of the window and select Paste from the dialogue menu. The text you copied in Step #1 should now output to the screen. Press Enter on the keyboard to execute the command. The Administrator account should now be enabled.
     
  3. Now we will set your Windows 10 account as a local account instead of using an email address to sign in. To do so: click Start and type in "user accounts" (no quotes); click the User Accounts icon that appears in the list. Your user account name will be displayed with the title "Make changes to your user account". Directly underneath that heading there is a link which says "Make changes to my account in PC Settings"; click that link.
     
  4. The "Settings" app will now open a new window. On the top left of the screen, click on the "Your Account" heading. Your account name should be listed at the top of the page. Look for and click the link that says "Sign in with a local account instead".
     
  5. On the proceeding page, enter your current password associated with your account, then click Next. Now, enter your new user name (this will be your new Windows 10 local account name), then enter your user password (twice), and password hint, and click Next. The password is only temporary, but needed to continue onto the next few steps.
     
  6. On the proceeding page, click "Sign out and finish" and the system will log you out and take you back to the Windows 10 login screen. Click the screen with the date and time to activate the login process. Now, look at the bottom left of the screen and you should see the Administrator user. Click the Administrator user icon, then click "Sign in" button to sign in as the Administrator. You may need to wait for Windows 10 to set up the Administrator user if you've never used the account before.
     
  7. Once you've logged in as the Administrator user, click Start and type in "user accounts" (no quotes); click the User Accounts icon that appears in the Start menu list. The Administrator user account will be displayed with the title "Make changes to your user account". Directly underneath that heading there is a link that says "Manage another account"; click that link.
     
  8. A new window will appear with the heading "Choose the user you would like to change". Select your local user account name you created in Step #5. On the proceeding page, click the "change the password" link. A new page will appear; leave the both password fields blank, and for the password hint, input "None", then click the "Change password" button to save the changes. Your local user account should now be set without a password. If you have a Windows Hello account (for use with a finger print reader, for example), you will need to disable that as well,  described further down.
     
  9. Now it's time to do a little cleanup using your local user account. To do so: click Start, Shut Down, then Log Off to log off as the Administrator user. You will be taken back to the Windows 10 login screen; click the left mouse button to activate the login process, then select your user name to login. NOTE: if you have previously set a Pin password or have a Windows Hello account with your user account, you will need to click the key icon under the "Sign-in options" heading, so that you can login without a password.
     
  10. Once you are signed in as your local user account, click Start and type in "user accounts" (no quotes); click the User Accounts icon that appears in the list. Your user account will be displayed with the title "Make changes to your user account". Directly underneath that heading there is a link that says "Make changes to my account in PC Settings"; click that link. The Settings app window will appear; on the left of the screen, click the "Sign-in options" heading. Under the Windows Hello setting, click the "Remove" button if it is there.
     
  11. Now it's time to test to ensure that everything is working as it should. Click Start, then Shutdown, Restart, and you should be able to login to Windows 10 without a password.

If you have more than one user account on that machine, you can sign in as another account by clicking Start, Shutdown, then Log Off, then at the login screen you can select another user near the bottom left of the screen. Otherwise, the system will continue to login as your local user account automatically, unless you log off and choose another account to login to.

Once you are satisfied everything is working as it should, you should disable the Administrator account. To do so: follow Steps #1 and #2 again, but change the copied text from "net user administrator /active:yes" to "net user administrator /active:no".

Hope that helps.

Additional 1-on-1 Help: From Dennis

I wrote this entire article and tested all of the above steps myself. Your mileage may vary but this should certainly work for the majority of people, providing all instructions are followed in the order written. If you still can't get it to work, you are welcome to contact me for remote desktop support assistance and I will set it up for you.

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fejoas's picture

What a long-winded answer. Here is the quick way:

Type in netplwiz in search box then on the users' tab, uncheck the box and type in your password twice, click ok and you’re done. No more signing in.

Dennis Faas's picture

It's a long answer for a reason - netplwiz doesn't work for everyone, most likely due to some users using an email account and other users using a local account (and yes, I did research that before posting my answer). There are lots of changes to Windows 10, including the Windows email login and Windows Hello that you aren't considering.

vonster12_7230's picture

Thank you so much!! Yes the 'netplwiz' option did not work me.

While helping my mum sort out a few problems on her computer which had recently been upgraded to Windows 10 (which I am not well versed with as mostly a mac user), I noticed the 'Mail' tile in the Start menu so added her email account there too thinking it might be useful but then realised I had inadvertently added a user account and she needed to log in with her email password when starting her computer. Your method worked to remove the login in, where netplwiz didn't.

Dennis Faas's picture

You're welcome. Before answering any questions, I always research more than one solution. As I stated previously, many users were complaining that netwiplwiz wasn't enough to make it work - hence my long-winded instructions.

fuller1325_7444's picture

I previously followed these instructions to remove password requirement, but now I want to go back to the default login option of Microsoft ID and password. I have two login options when my computer boots. One is my Microsoft email, and one is a local account. I have to click the Microsoft ID every time and I'd like it to be the one and only option. I want to disable the local ID login option. How is that done?

Dennis Faas's picture

It sounds like you have two separate user accounts. If you had a local account and then converted it to a Microsoft Passport / email login (or vice versa) then your account would convert automatically - it would not create a separate login and give you a local account AND and email login option. Thus you must have created a new account somewhere along the way.

If you want to delete the second account then click Start and type in "user accounts" and click user accounts when it appears. When the user accounts opens up, click "manage another account", pick the account you don't want to see at login, then click the "Delete account" button. Of course if you have data on that account you will want to back it up before deleting it.

fuller1325_7444's picture

Thanks for your quick reply. I have gone to user accounts>Manage accounts. There are no other profiles displayed. regardless of which option I choose when I login the computer opens to the same profile. All my setting, shortcuts, programs and file are exactly the same. If I log in with my microsoft email and password, or if I log in with my username and password (same password that I use with the email) both log in options take me to the same place and files. There is no other profiles to delete. Any idea whats going on?