While the Windows password is essential to have basic computer security, in some cases (for example if we have a fixed PC and we are the only ones using it at home) it can be inconvenient to enter every time and it would be preferable to disable the request to reboot or even when resuming work after locking it.
In this article we see how to remove the password request at Windows login, so as to have a PC that starts immediately on the desktop without waiting and without unwanted lock screens (especially if we have already chosen long passwords).
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Importance of the password on Windows
First of all it must be said that the Windows login password is used to create a first protection on the PC so that other people, even using other computers on the network, cannot take possession of it.
A password must always be placed on the PC and must be at least 8 characters long, following the standard IT security criteria. As seen in the article to enter PCs and look at files and folders, accessing a Windows computer without a password can become very simple if you were within a subnet and if all these computers are connected to each other on the same router as takes place on any home LAN.
The user password on Windows is practically essential on laptops and you often work outside the home, in case you use it in places with other people around, to lock it when you go to the bathroom or get up for a break.
How to remove the password on Windows
If we really want to remove the Windows password and set automatic access at each start, all we have to do is press the WIN + R keys on the keyboard (to open the window Run) and write in the text field control userpasswords2.
In the window that opens, we will find a list of all users registered on the computer, both local accounts and any Microsoft accounts registered in the system.
To set the automatic login, all we have to do is remove the check from the item To use this computer, the user must enter their name and password, then pressing on Apply. We will now be asked for the username and password of the account that must be accessed immediately, when the PC is turned on: enter the required data and immediately restart the PC to see if the computer automatically accesses the chosen account.
Remove password on Windows 11
On recent versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11, the item “may not appear”To use this computer, the user must enter their name and password“It’s not a mistake or a change, just that if that option is hidden it means we have another option turned on that doesn’t allow it.
To reset the entry and reset auto start correctly of the chosen user profile we have to go to Settings> Accounts> Login options and disable the option of “For added security Only allow access to Windows Hello to Microsoft accounts on this device” .
We launch the command again control userpasswords2 from the menu Run and remove the check from the item “To use this computer, the user must enter their name and password“(now available again) and restart the computer to see if auto-start is finally configured.
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Alternative alla password su Windows
If entering the password every time on computers is really annoying (thus fueling the desire to deactivate it), we can use faster and more effective login methods to access our computer without unduly compromising the security of the operating system.
The first method involves using a Access PIN, which can actually bypass the password entry. On Windows 10 and Windows 11 we can quickly set an access PIN by opening the app Settings (from the Start menu), opening the menu Account and then pressing on Access options.
In the screen that will appear, press on PIN in Windows Hello, we press on add and enter a simple but difficult to guess PIN. From now on, on the login screen, we can directly enter the PIN to access Windows, with the possibility of entering the password anyway (as a backup access system, in case you forget the PIN).
Another very effective method of avoiding the use of the password is access by fingerprint, obtainable via an integrated fingerprint reader (like the one found on some modern laptops) or by connecting a USB fingerprint reader. With a fingerprint reader connected to Windows we can set up quick access to our account without entering any password, by registering our fingerprint within the system.
To proceed, let’s take the path again Settings -> Accounts -> Login options, we press on Windows Hello fingerprint and follow the procedure indicated to correctly register the fingerprint of the chosen finger. At the end we restart the PC and, as soon as the login screen appears, place the finger on the reader, so as to have immediate access to the account associated with the fingerprint.
The automatic start is essential in case we want to make a automatic wake up of a pc at a certain time which thus becomes a way to make the computer turn on by itself.
It is worth mentioning that, using a local account on Windows, the methods for find and reset Windows password they are still very effective and in fact make the presence of a password useless in case of theft or intrusion. To be really sure we always associate a Microsoft account with the PC, so as to have encrypted authentication and impossible to recover without connection (due to synchronization with Microsoft’s online account).