Is it just me or is it annoying and mind-numbing having to log into Windows 8 every time you start it up? Microsoft; bless their little hearts are trying to keep us safe, but from ourselves? Given that most of us use our own PC or share it with family, it’s more of a nuisance than a help. Add to this, that in Windows 7 and earlier you could at least hijack the control panel and go against the advice and choose not to have a password. Like with most things in Windows 8, Microsoft has hidden how to do this; one would presume under the premise of protecting our PCs from our incompetent hands. So how do you ignore the big brother sentimentality from Redmond and log in automatically anyway?
- Use Win + R and type netplwiz into the text box and click OK. (By the way this works in Windows 7 as well as Windows 8 and 10)
The User Account program will now open.
- On the ‘Users’ tab uncheck the box next to ‘Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer‘. Click the OK button at the bottom of the window.
The ‘Automatically sign in’ dialog box now opens.
- When the ‘Automatically sign in’ box appears, enter the username (if it’s not already there*) and password you wish to use to automatically sign in and click OK.
*Important: If you’re using a Microsoft account, be sure to enter the entire email address that you use to sign in to Windows 8 within the User name field. Windows might try and trick you by putting just the username into the field. Don’t be fooled. What defaults there might instead be the name associated with your account, not your actual user name.
- Restart your computer and check that it automatically logs in. In the event of a meltdown like for instance you putting in the wrong username, Windows log in will usually just spit the dummy and give you the chance to re-enter your log in credentials.
Enabling Auto-login When Installing Windows 8
Here’s a late addition to this post which you might find useful to set automatic logging right from the start if you’re installing Windows 8. (It may work with Windows 10 too. I haven’t tested this and are simply passing the information on from a helpful reader).
When you’re prompted to create a user profile during the install process, you are asked if you want to use an existing Microsoft account or create a new one. Choose to create a new one. On the next page it will let you skip that step, which if you do; you’ll end up making a local profile. The downside to making a local profile is you won’t be able to use Onedrive without converting your profile to an online one, which will then put you back to signing in. By the way, thanks Levi for your input.