Fed up with having to type a password or enter a PIN whenever you turn on your computer? Want to remove the password? That’s what we’re going to do here.
When you log in to your computer, you’re logging into your account on that PC. There are two different types of account. The first is called a Microsoft account.
With an MS account, you have to have some form of verification. That could be a password, or a PIN, or maybe biometrics (face recognition, fingerprint reader etc).
The second type of account is called a Local account. With Local accounts, you don’t have to use a password if you don’t want one.
So to remove the password, we need to identify which type of account you have, and if it’s a Microsoft account, then we’ll convert it to a Local account. Once you’ve got a Local account, we can remove that annoying password.
Identifying Your Account Type.
To remove your Windows password from your computer, we’ll need to identify which type of account you’re using.
Start your computer & log into your account as usual, entering your password or PIN etc.
From the Desktop, left-click the START button, then click the SETTINGS icon (the gear wheel).
On the Settings page, it’ll become obvious which type of account you’re using.
If you have a Microsoft account, you’ll see your E-Mail address and below that, MY MICROSOFT ACCOUNT.
But if you’re using a Local account, it’ll have your user name and below that, it’ll say LOCAL ACCOUNT.
Switch MS Account To Local Account To Remove Password.
As I said earlier, if you’ve got an MS account, you’ll have to convert to a local account to remove your password.
So we need to switch from an MS account to a Local to remove the password.
Still on the Settings page, left-click ACCOUNTS.
The Account Info page will load.
Click “SIGN IN WITH A LOCAL ACCOUNT INSTEAD”.
Windows will ask if you’re sure you want to do this.
Click the NEXT button.
Finally, you’ll need to enter your current password or PIN.
This will be whatever you’re using at the moment to log into your computer.
It’s just a precaution to make sure that it is you that’s doing this, and not someone else.
The Local Account Info page will open.
There’re 4 boxes, the top one is your Username, and below that are the password boxes.
If you don’t want a password on your account, leave these boxes empty.
Just click the NEXT button.
To complete the switch from an MS account to a Local account and remove your password, click the SIGN OUT AND FINISH button.
You’ll be returned to the regular login page.
Click the SIGN IN button for your account.
No more passwords. Job done.
Removing Password From A Windows Local Account.
So you’ve got a Local account and you want to remove the password from it.
We’re still on the Settings page, click on ACCOUNTS.
The Local Account Info page will load.
Click SIGN IN OPTIONS.
On the Sign-in Options page, click the PASSWORD option.
You may have to scroll down the page a little to find it.
The Password Options box will expand.
To remove your password, click the CHANGE button.
Next, you’ll need to enter your current password into the box.
This is the password that you use at the moment to log into your computer.
When you’ve done that, click the NEXT button.
This is the Change Password page.
To remove your password, leave all the boxes blank.
Don’t enter anything at all.
Just click the NEXT button.
And that’s it, you’re done.
Click the FINISH button.
The next time you start your computer, you won’t be asked for a password.
Computer Logs In To Last User Account.
If you’re the sole user of the computer, then you’ll probably only have 1 account on that computer and you won’t see this problem. You can simply forget this, it’s not going to apply to you.
But if you share the PC with someone else, who has their own account, then you could well run into this issue.
Scenario – Dave & Jill share the computer, they each have their own accounts, but neither wants to have a password.
Now let’s say Dave used the PC last. When Jill turns on the computer, it’ll start up onto Dave’s account. So then Jill has to log out of Dave’s account, and then log into her own account.
The same will be true when Dave returns to the computer. It’ll now start up in Jill’s account.
Auto Logon Last User.
This behaviour has many names (some of them unprintable), but generally, it’s called Auto Logon Last User.
And while it’s not the end of the world, it is flaming annoying.
In an ideal world, when you turn on a PC that has multiple accounts, Windows would pause at the login screen, so that you can choose your account.
But it doesn’t. If the last user hasn’t got a password set, then the computer will automatically load that account. Whether it’s your account or someone else’s it doesn’t matter.
The phrase Catch 22 springs to mind.
You see the only way to stop the computer from doing this, is to set passwords for each account.
Is There An Answer?
You can search the Internet for a solution to this problem, but none of them really work.
By far the most common answer you’ll find will start something like this “Press Win+R, enter netplwiz“. This is everywhere, but don’t bother, it only works if you’ve got passwords.
Other answers will require you to “edit the registry”, the so-called registry hacks.
I’ve tried a few, some work, some don’t, but they all get wiped out with the next major update of Windows. Which is never far away.
The only thing that really works, is to set passwords for all your accounts.
Now the thing to remember here, is that on a Local account, you can have a very simple password.
You could use just the number “1” or the letter “a”.
Sometimes, with computers, you just have to play them at their own game.
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