With Windows 10 Microsoft modernized and streamlined the way you log in to your system. Besides the regular user account password, you can use other methods like Windows Hello, PIN security, picture password, and dynamic lock. All these sign-in options make it easy to quickly unlock and start using your system.
As good as these options are, you might want your Windows system to automatically log in when you press the power button. This is especially true if you are the only person using the system or if you are sure that no one else is going to use your system.
I will show you two different methods to automatically log in to your Windows system. Follow the one that is easiest for you.
Note: though I’m showing this in Windows 10, the same procedure is applicable for Windows 7 and 8.
Using Autologon Software
The easiest way to auto log in to your Windows machine is to use a free Sysinternals tool called Autologon. Download the software, extract it, and execute the file to open it.
The application is very simple and straightforward. In the main window enter your username, domain name, and your password. After that, click on the “Enable” button.
Note: if your system has not joined any domain, simply enter your system name in the Domain field. For instance, since I’ve not joined any domain, I entered my system name. You can find your computer name by executing the command
hostname in the Command Prompt.
As soon as you click on the “Enable” button, auto login will be enabled and you will receive a message letting you know the same.
That’s it, you’ve successfully enabled the auto login feature. From this point forward you will be automatically logged in to your Windows system.
If you ever want to revert back, launch the app, enter the details and click on the “Disable” button.
Using Windows Registry
If you don’t want to use software, you can also use Windows Registry to achieve the same result. The downside of this method is that your password will be stored in plain text. Anyone with access to your computer who knows where to look can find the password without much difficulty.
To start, search for
regedit in the Start menu and open it.
Now, navigate to the following location. If you are using Windows 10 with Creators update then copy and paste the below path in the address bar and press Enter.
Find the value “AutoAdminLogon” on the right panel and double-click it. In the Edit String window change the value data from “0” to “1” and click the “OK” button to save the changes.
Find the value “DefaultUserName,” open it, enter your username and click the “OK” button to save the changes.
After that find the string value “DefaultDomainName,” open it, enter the default domain name or the computer name and click the “OK” button.
Right-click in the right panel and select the option “New -> String Value.”
Name the new value “DefaultPassword.”
Open the newly created value by double-clicking on it. In the Edit Value window enter your user account password in the Value Data field and click the “OK” button to save the changes.
Restart your system and you should be automatically logged in.
If want to revert back, open the value “AutoAdminLogon” and change the value data to “0.” Also, delete the “DefaultPassword” value so no one can find it in the future.
Do comment below sharing your thoughts and experiences about using the above method to enable auto login on a Windows system.
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