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How to Make Your Windows 8 Computer Logon Automatically

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Ever wished you didn’t have to type in your password every time Windows starts up, but you don’t want to lose the additional security that comes with having a password? If that’s the case then today’s your lucky day, lets take a look.

Note: We’re showing Windows 8 in this example, but this should work in Windows 7 or Vista as well.

Setting Windows 8 to Logon Automatically

Press the Windows + R keyboard combination to bring up a run box, when it appears type netplwiz and hit enter.

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This will open the User Accounts dialog box, which will display a list of all the users on your computer.

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Select your user account from the list, then uncheck the “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” checkbox then click the apply button.

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This will bring up the Automatically sign in dialog, where you will need to input your password then click OK.

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Click OK again to close the User Accounts dialog and you’re good to go.

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That’s all there is to it.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 05/4/12

Comments (20)

  1. Yousif Anwar

    Wired! I was thinking about this trick this morning, and I wasn’t sure where did I read it before, here or LifeHacker and before I managed to search for it, this came in handy way to save the efforts!

    Many thanks!

  2. Matjaž

    good old “control userpasswords2″ does exactly the same … and for sure works in older windows as well ;-)

  3. Sandy

    Works on Windows 7 as well

  4. greg

    how does it stop some else from using computer with my acct.?

  5. Citrus Rain

    When I did this exact thing on the Windows 7 RC version, I ended up having no admin priveledges to the point where the guest account had more access than I did. Attempting to make a profile to try to re-gain control gave me the error message “User profile cannot have invalid characters such as / ( ) ? ” ‘ ; : “. Any external device plugged in was deemed read and write only – no editing files you place on it – or moving them. It locked the OS to the drive, so I couldn’t re-install Vista. It was the first time I had to use linux. I ended up having to bug one of my friends using facebook chat so I could learn how to wipe the drive.

    I was so happy to be back on Vista with all my permissions.

    *BE CAREFUL*

  6. pete1229

    “how does it stop some else from using computer with my acct.?”

    I am wondering the same thing…..Anybody?

  7. KudaFred

    So folks, where are the answers, 2 the two situations presented, what if smeone jus user my account, o that last chapter of loosin previlages?

  8. pete1229

    To Kuda and Greg, I am guessing no one can answer this. This whole tweek is like not having a password at all, then all you, and anyone else who wants too, is click on your personal user icon at the log in screen and you or they are into your account, seems pretty stupid to me!

  9. KudaFred

    @ Pete, guess u right, don know correct me if i’m wrong, can’t u like disable your password the normal way, from the control panel, that says remove password? So much for a trick!

  10. Alex

    You can also make a USB key that will type the user/pass for you and log into your account for you but only if it’s plugged into the USB port. I use this and just leave the key hidden somewhere in my room when i am away from home or other people are over at my house.

  11. Gachie

    What the trick does is that it lets all people log in but other privileges like editing your registry e.t.c are still protected.

  12. MMSDave

    The password would only be there for administrative changes etc. Not to keep another user from logging on as you. This is only good if no one else has access to your cmpooter.

  13. JonD

    I think this is a pretty stupid thing to do…it’s just being plain stupid.

  14. Psybernoid

    To answer the questions on how does it stop users accessing their account.

    It doesn’t.

    This is generally good only for a few situations:
    A media machine connected to a TV
    PC’s used in schools where kids are far too young to remember a password.

    In my previous life as a school IT engineer, I would set up infants PCs to auto log on with an account that has very few privileges, just so the little tykes could happily doodle away in Tuxpaint.

    As a general use PC, I wouldn’t suggest doing this at all.

  15. JD Rosen

    I did something very similar to run a anti virus program at the DOS level. I did not want to permanently bypass the logon/password feature. When I reset to check mark back to get the password feature back, the system now bypasses it anyway. I’m uncertain if I’m running as an Administrator or a User. I want to password feature back. I want to toggle back and forth between a User and an Administrator to get the anti virus running at the DOS level.

  16. JD Rosen

    Windows 7 Professional

  17. Grizzle

    To all the plebs saying how stoopid this is, there are heaps of kiosk scenarios where this makes it easier for multiple users who will only end up locking accounts.

  18. pete1229

    Gizzle, I guess I missed the part of the article where HTG explains all the cons of this procedure e.g. the problems that JD Rosen and Citrus Rain ran into after doing this. Oh yeah! The article failed to mention those little gems! Perhaps a more responsible thing to do would be to analyze the outcome of the tweek an how it would effect the security and administrative functionality and maybe even suggest it only be done in “kiosk senarios” This way all the “plebs” who simply are voicing their opinions here, perhaps warning people that this amy not be the wisest thing to do to ones PC, would move on, not feeling the need to comment. Therfore allowing all of the elitists to move on also, not feeling the need to comment on those who thought this was a “stoopid” thing to do!

  19. Xeogin

    This way of automatically logon is very insecure because the password is stored in plain text. Sysinternals (Owned by Microsoft) has a program called Autologon that stores your password in LSA Secrets, which is an encrypted part of the registry where Windows stores all of your credentials anyway.

  20. Saddaaaaa

    @Alex how do u make a USB key

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