How to Automatically Sign in to User Account at Startup in Windows 10 – Windows 10 help

How to Automatically Sign in to User Account at Startup in Windows 10

Windows 10 has a new sign in screen that is more modern and touch friendly. By default, you need to dismiss the lock screen and enter your credentials on the Sign-in screen to sign in to Windows 10 with your account.

This tutorial will show you how to set Windows 10 to automatically sign in to a selected domain, local, or Microsoft account at startup without the user needing to enter a user name and password.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.


If you ever change the password of the user account that you have Windows set to automatically sign in to at startup, then you will need to repeat the steps below again using the new password to update it for what is used to automatically sign in with.

If you set Windows to automatically sign in to a user account at startup and ever change the computer name afterwards, then you will see a Other user at sign in that fails to sign in, and you must manually select your account and sign in instead. You will need to repeat the steps below again to fix having Windows automatically sign in to the user account that you want at startup.

Other user can also show on the sign in screen if you set to do not display user names.

You may also wish to set this: How to Turn On or Off Require Sign-in on Wakeup in Windows 10

 CONTENTS:

 

  • Option One: Turn On or Off Automatically Sign-in User Account at Startup in Netplwiz
  • Option Two: Turn On or Off Automatically Sign-in User Account at Startup in Registry Editor

EXAMPLE: Windows 10 Sign in Screen
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Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup OPTION ONE Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup

Turn On or Off Automatically Sign-in User Account at Startup in Netplwiz

1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog box, type netplwiz or control userpasswords2, and click/tap on OK to open advanced User Accounts.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.

3. Do step 4 or step 5 below for what you would like to do.

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 4. To Turn Off Automatic Sign in for All Users

This is the default setting.

A) Check the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below step 3)
 5. To Turn On Automatic Sign in for a Local Account or Microsoft Account

You could also use this step to change what user account you would like Windows to automatically sign in to at startup.

A) Check the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box. (see screenshots below step 3)

If your PC is currently joined to a domain, then the “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.” box will not be available, and you will need to use OPTION TWO below instead.

B) Select the User Name of the Microsoft account (email address) or local account that you want to have Windows automatically sign in to at startup. (see screenshot below step 3)

If you are joined to a homegroup, then you do not want to select a listed user name that is a member of only the HomeUsers group.

C) Uncheck the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshots below step 3)

D) Enter the password of the selected local account or Microsoft account twice, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

If a selected local account does not have a password created for it, then leave the password fields empty. A Microsoft account will always have a password.

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Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup OPTION TWO Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup

Turn On or Off Automatically Sign-in User Account at Startup in Registry Editor

This option is not secure like OPTION ONE above.

It is recommended to use OPTION ONE above if you are able to instead. OPTION ONE will save the password in the Credential Manager where it’s encrypted and cannot be viewed by anyone.

This option (OPTION TWO) will save the entered password (step 5H below) in the DefaultPassword string value in Registry Editor where it can be seen by anyone with access.


1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes

3. In Registry Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionWinlogon

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4. Do step 5 or step 6 below for what you would like to do.

 5. To Turn On Automatic Sign in for a Domain, Local, or Microsoft Account

You could also use this step to change what user account you would like Windows to automatically sign-in to at startup.

A) In the right pane on Winlogon, double click/tap on the AutoAdminLogon string value to modify it. (see screenshot below step 3)

B) Type 1, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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C) Double click/tap on the DefaultDomainName string value to modify it. (see screenshot below step 3)

D) Type the computer name (if local) or domain name, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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E) Double click/tap on the DefaultUserName string value to modify it. (see screenshot below step 3)

F) Type the user name (ex: Russell) of the account you want to automatically be signed in to at startup, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
This will be the same name as the user account’s C:Users(UserName) profile folder.

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G) Double click/tap on the DefaultPassword string value to modify it. (see screenshot below step 3)

If you do not have a DefaultPassword string value, then right click or press and hold on an empty area in the right pane of the Winlogon key, click/tap on New and String Value, type DefaultPassword, and press Enter.

H) Type the password of the user account you want to automatically be signed in to at startup, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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 6. To Turn Off Automatic Sign in for All Users

This is the default setting.

A) In the right pane on Winlogon, double click/tap on the AutoAdminLogon string value to modify it. (see screenshot below step 3)

B) Type 0 (zero), and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 5B)

C) Right click or press and hold on the DefaultPassword string value, and click/tap on Delete. (see screenshot below step 3)

If you do not have a DefaultPassword string value, then that’s ok, and go to step 7 below.

D) Click/tap on Yes to confirm, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. When finished, you can close Registry Editor if you like.

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