How to Skip the Windows 7 Welcome Screen And Login Automatically On Bootup

The most annoying phenomenon in any person’s day is probably when they notice that, all of a sudden, Windows has decided to show a Welcome screen and make you click on your username to log in. Not only is it annoying, but it’s yet another obstacle to your day especially when you’re in a hurry. When you’ve got to run, it’s torture to come back from the kitchen after preparing breakfast and finding that your operating system didn’t even bother to finish booting. What’s most annoying is that Windows doesn’t include the option to disable the Welcome screen in a place that’s easy to find. So, let’s do a little exploring…

Oh, this one is a question I get a lot when proposing this simple “bypass surgery” to customers. They’re concerned that remote users will be able to log in to their computers if a password is no longer necessary or if they skip the Welcome screen somehow. One thing is for sure, disabling the welcome screen doesn’t open the invitation for remote users to hack into your computer. They will still need password and bypass the firewall to connect to it. Disabling the welcome screen will allow anyone who use your computer to access your account (unless they log out physically). If you don’t have any confidential data in your computer, or you are the only user of your computer, it is perfectly fine to disable the welcome screen for the added convenience.

So, before we go on, let’s get one thing straight: Make sure you’re doing this to your computer only!! Doing this to someone else’s computer is not ethical and doesn’t give you any kudos. Now, let’s start:

1. Click your Start menu, type:

and press “Enter.” This takes you to the “User Accounts” screen.

winwelcome-useraccounts

2. See that checkbox over the list? Clear it. This removes the requirement for users to physically type their password and username when they’re present at the computer.

3. Click “OK.”

That’s it!

Please leave a comment below if you have a question about what we’ve discussed here.

21 comments

  1. why do you assume everybody is using windows 7?Just because microsoft comes out with a new version of windows does’nt mean the whole world jumps out and pays too much to get it.I have been using windows xp for 8 or 9 years now and i like it.I’m not a gamer,i don’t have a face book page,and i don’t have a twitter account.I send a lot of email and just basically read a lot of articles and look for deals on whatever is available.I tried windows vista and windows 7,of which i won both the 32 bit and the 64 bit versions of win 7.i build and repair computers.i just built my sons a new computer each and i put win 7 on them.i think the younger was happier about that than the older one.i bought 2 dell laptops and they came with vista,both have had windows xp since shortly after i got them.my wifes work still uses windows xp as do a lot of places.if you want my honest opinion,i think win 7 is a piece of crap that moved everythingi used around and called it something different,i’m sorry but i’m 60 years old and like what works and what i’m familiar with

    • Hello, Chato. As the writer of this article, I must tell you that the core focus of the IT industry is to shell out new material on subjects. We may or may not have an article on Windows XP about how to skip the logon screen. However, my concern as a writer is to talk about recent technologies with sufficient discretion to address the issues people are having with them as well as make their lives more convenient with the new operating system.

      MTE has hundreds of Windows XP articles published, and I even am familiar with a few Windows 98 articles in other sites that I’ve used to guide me in my virtualization environments. I agree that the fact that Windows XP is in the past doesn’t make it irrelevant to the interests of users of the operating systems. The publishing industry, however, doesn’t work that way. Publishers seek evergreen material on recent operating systems because they already have hundreds of pieces of material published on older versions. This flurry of material on Windows 7 is only in part because of the requirement for the publishing industry to cover it now while it’s still hot.

      However, publishing my Windows 7 articles doesn’t make MTE delete Windows XP articles of the same nature. It keeps them for others who want help with XP.

      While you can sustain your opinion that Windows 7 is an incompetent operating system, I’d say that its file system security, new application programming interface, kernel mode drivers, and error handling are paramount themes, to say the least, on its improvements over XP. A flashy and glassy style might turn people off telling them that it’s the new cool thing to hate, but I don’t see that in you. I think you’re simply expressing a need to remain with an operating system you’re comfortable with.

      Unfortunately, Windows XP support has generally ended on April 14, 2009. However, extended support will be offered until April 8, 2014. It was a great operating system, though, wasn’t it?

  2. Thanks for this info. I hate waiting for my laptop to go thru all it’s junk to start using it.

    • I find myself in a similar situation. Frankly, that’s why I got the idea to write this. I figured that if I do it for myself, I can also help others do it as well.

      I’m glad to hear everything panned out alright. Be sure to add MTE to your favorites and subscribe to its RSS feed for more great tips!

  3. Well, I’m only 57, and I really like Windows 7. I had Xp too, and there are a number of improvements beind the scenes in Windows 7.

    I’m already running Windows 8 in a Virtual Machine, and getting ready to use it. I enjoy learning new operating systems. [I’ve also got Ubuntu on the VM]

    Anyway, that’s a long way round for saying thanks for the tip…

  4. Been there done that with Windows 7 Home Premium on my Dell Inspiron 560s.. and immediately lost Admin functions and couldn’t get them back until I did a complete reinstall of Windows. So as much as I’d love to not have to type in a password every time I turn on my computer I’d rather have the admin functions.

    • Weird, I was running Win7 Pro for as long as I remember without passwords, never had any issues and never lost my admin functions, what I did on mine was simply remove the passwords and welcome screen using the control panel and Advance power options, I have to say that I use my pc as a single user, nowadays I have to use password because of Sql and some MS training tools, so the trick will not work properly for what I know.

  5. Hi, I keep my win7 hp logon pw so when I put my computer to sleep, possible housebreakers won’t be able to get directly into windows – and clicking on it and entering my pw doesn’t annoy me even slightly.

    • I’d recommend this for those who aren’t concerned with experiencing physical data breaches.

  6. I thought this was a great trick and jumped on it. Unfortunately, I lost admin functions as well as my e-mail special folders section and all my saved emails. Is there a way to “undo” this trick and bring my computer back to its previous state?

    • Ouch! I’m not sure what could have caused this, but you can follow Kenny Driver’s suggestion with system restore. Losing that much information is very erratic behavior for a simple action like this one. So far, this is the first time I see people complaining about losing UAC and Admin functions in Windows 7 while attempting this kind of thing.

  7. I don’t mind the login window- keeps user and admin separate.
    Stuck Win7 on my laptop, but don’t like the forced “Library” on the task bar. So I’m still using Vista on my Desktop.

    But- I’d like to know how to adjust the periodic password reset requirement (~3mo?).
    I’ve seen that an administrator can set the “environment” requiring periodic pw reset.
    But I logged in as admin, cautiously looked around but couldn’t find it- so I’ll just continue
    with my present method- change pw, and then immediately change it back! Suggestions?

    BTW, I was sick of my laptop and netbook trackpads being so glitchy to a lazy finger.
    Several tech advisors (both pro and not) said “I dunno how to defeat the tap feature-
    Defeat the whole trackpad and use a mouse.”
    Finally I was disgusted enough that I carefully went thru the Ctrl Panel “mouse” function and found it! Felt very smug. Surprised this doesn’t come up more often, and that a pro tech would tell me it can’t be done!

  8. Please help I tried this out on my computer, I had multiple users and now I cannot even log into windows. When I start windows it shows my log in screen and any password I insert is wrong, I cannot use my computer, is there a way to undo this from boot?

  9. p.s. after attempting to repair for an entire day I still receive the same message upon restarting, that I used the “incorrect username or password”, I just kept pressing enter (you can tell my level of frustration at that point) and it logged me in. Careful with this thing!!! Maybe this needs to be updated or it just won’t work for computers with multiple users????

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