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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Remove Your Windows Password


How to Remove the Windows Password for a Local User Account

Open the Settings app by clicking the Start menu and then the Settings cog.

Next, click on “Accounts.”

From the list of settings on the left side, select “Sign-in Options” and then under the “Password” section on the right, click the “Change” button.

To change your password, you must first confirm your current one, for security reasons. Once you have done that, click “Next.”

For the next section, because we don’t want to use a password to sign in, leave all the fields blank and click “Next.” By not entering a password and leaving it blank, Windows replaces your current one with a blank one.

Finally, click “Finish.”

Alternatively, if you feel more comfortable in the command line, fire up an elevated Command Prompt and enter the following command, replacing username with the name of the user account (be sure to include the quotes in the command):

net user "username" ""

The next time you go to log in, all you have to do is click “Sign in” for the account you just changed.

How to Automatically Sign Into Windows

If you have only one user account on your PC, automatically signing in is the better option.

Note that there is a security risk with this method, too. First up, the same thing applies that we mentioned before: Anyone can walk up to your PC and sign themselves in. What’s more, when you enable it Windows stores your account password on your PC where anyone with admin access can find it. Again, this isn’t too big a deal if your PC is in a secure location accessible only by people you trust (like maybe in your home), but it’s not a good idea on a laptop you carry around with you, and it’s certainly not a good idea if you use a Microsoft account rather than a local one. We’ve got a full article detailing the risks with setting automatic login that you might want to read before enabling it.

If you do want to have Windows automatically sign you in, it’s easy to set up.

Run the command  netplwiz from the Start Menu or Command Prompt. In the User Accounts window that opens, untick the “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” checkbox and then click “OK.”

One last option has to be turned off to make sure you never have to use a password to sign in again. In the Settings app, head on over to Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options, and under “Require Sign-in” select “Never” from the drop-down list.

Now, anytime you’ve been away from the computer and wake it back up, you won’t need to input any password to sign in to your account.

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