Login screens are useful for security. Most of the time, you will want to have that extra layer of security to prevent others from easily logging in to your Windows. However, if you’re in a position where you know others won’t be accessing your PC and want to be able to hit that power button and boot straight to Windows 10, then you can do something to skip that login screen in Windows 10.
For this to work, you’ll need to use a local Windows 10 account rather than a Microsoft one linked to your email address. To make sure you’re doing this, click Start, then click your account picture in the Start pane and “Change account settings.”
In the new window, click “Sign in with a local account instead” and follow the instructions.
Next, from your Windows 10 desktop, press Win + R, then type
netplwizin the run box.
This will open the User Accounts window. From this window, select the username corresponding to the one you don’t want to use with a login screen. It will most likely be the main account (under the group “Administrators”).
With the account selected (highlighted blue), uncheck the box above that says: “Users must enter a username and password to use this account.” Finally, click OK.
That’s it! You should now be able to skip the login screen and log in to Windows 10 immediately.
To reenable the login screen, you just have to follow the same steps but check the box “Users must enter a username and password to use this account.” Alternatively, switching your local account back to the Microsoft account will also reenable the login screen.
Want to twiddle around more in Windows 10 and learn more about your PC? See our guide on benchmarking your graphics card in Windows. Also, take a look at how to access the elusive WindowsApps folder in Windows 10.