Windows 10 Quick Tips – Sign-In Options

When you fire up your Windows 10-based PC you have a couple of options that you might not know about. Normally, it will ask you for a User name and a Password. If you usually use your PC at home and don’t have lots of prying eyes around you, then entering this information over and over again can become a real pain. My life is like this– I sit in front of my computer every day, type in a bunch of words all the time, get yelled at by people I’ve never met, and never share my computer with anyone. I certainly don’t want the added hassle of being bothered with entering passwords all the time (reminds me of Linux) and this week’s Quick Tips article will show you how to turn that off.

Note: If you are using a laptop or other portable device and tend to carry it around with you, then keeping those logins active is a good idea. Just be sure nobody is looking over your shoulder when you’re typing that stuff in.

Getting To The Setting

  1. Use the Windows key + R to open a Run box
  2. Type netplwiz and hit ENTER. This will open a User Accounts window
  3. Find your Microsoft User account and select it from the list. (In my case, there was only one.)
  4. Untick the checkbox labeled Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer

It should look something like this:

user-accounts-password-setting

Once you have made this change, Windows will prompt you one last time for your User name and Password. And because Windows never seems to be satisfied, it will ask you to confirm your password. Ah well, it should be the last time (hopefully) you are ever bothered by that again.

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As always, if you have any helpful suggestions, comments or questions, please share them with us,

Richard

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