Login Directly Into Windows Without Entering a Username or Password
Every time Windows 7 , Windows 8/8.1 or Windows 10 is started it asks you to select the username and enter the password to access your system. There is no doubt that this is a very important security measure to stop other people using your computer or changing your settings, but what if you are the only user of your computer?
In windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 and Windows 10 you can easily get rid of the login prompt window, go through the following steps to do it.
Go to Start and type netplwiz in the Search or run box box and hit Enter. The User Accounts dialogue box will be displayed as shown in following screenshot. Select the user name that you wish to be the default account used on boot.
Now uncheck Users must enter a username and password to use this computer option and press OK. You will have to enter your password on the screen there, but after pressing OK, that’s all you need to do, now you will never see the login window again when you are booting up the computer.
Unfortunately this doesn’t work for when the computer wakes up after sleep. That is a completely different setting to allow you to continue to work without putting in the password on W7, W8, W8.1. ( for Windows 10 see below because that has been changed)
To bypass the password on wake up ( after sleep or hibernation ) you need to go to control panel/power options.
Select the power profile you are using and then select the change plan settings .
next select change advanced power settings
Then select the + sign beside the power option name and then require a password on wakeup will appear. Set that to no and press apply and then OK to exit. You might have to select the option at top of page to “change settings that are currently unavailable” before the Yes/no will allow you to change it
Do that on all power profile options in the drop down box at the top, unless you want to keep some settings to require a password.
If you use a laptop that you frequently carry around with you, then I strongly recommend not enabling ANY of these options and make sure you do use a password to log in & every time it wakes, to stop somebody easily gaining access to your laptop when you leave it unattended for few minutes in the office or at a relative’s house etc.
On Windows 10 the option to turn off passwords when resuming from sleep have been simplified. The instructions can be found HERE