Windows 10: how to disable the login screen

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If you do not feel the need to use the login screen on Windows 10, be aware that it is possible to deactivate it. Here's how to do it.

Having a login screen on your computer is very common today, whether you use a Mac or a PC. Windows. That being said, a login screen can be quite frustrating on a daily basis as it adds an extra step before you can actually use your computer. It is possible to delete this step.

Obviously, a security measure like the login screen is a good thing, particularly useful and even recommended, even mandatory, if you computer is shared, whether in a public structure or not, whether it is in the at school, at home or elsewhere. The situation is however very different if you are the only one using the machine. It becomes almost perfectly unnecessary.

Local account vs. Microsoft account

Before proceeding, you should identify what kind of account your computer uses. On Windows, there are two kinds: the local account and the Microsoft products.

A local account is typically the admin account for your computer. In a sense, you can think of this account as a more secure account since its password only works on this machine and nowhere else. Your preferences and settings are also stored locally on the machine and you do not need access to Internet to log in on your computer.

A Microsoft account, on the other hand, is like a universal account. If you use other Microsoft products like Office 365, Hotmail, Outlook, etc, you will use this same account to log in on your computer. The advantage is that this will synchronize all your account details between these different services. The downside, however, is that, in theory, if your Microsoft account is compromised, a hacker could technically authenticate themselves on your computer as well.

Disable the login screen for a local account

1 method

  1. Press Windows key + R.
  2. Type netplwiz.
  3. Select the user account for which you want to deactivate the login screen
  4. Clear the box that says “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer”.
  5. Enter the username and associated password and click OK. If you have never had a password set, click OK.

2 method

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select Accounts.
  3. Click on authentication options.
  4. Under “Request authentication”, select “Never”

Disable the login screen for a Microsoft account

To prevent your computer from asking for your Microsoft account, you must first convert your Microsoft account to a local account.

  1. Click Start -> Settings -> Accounts.
  2. Select Your emails and accounts in the left pane.
  3. Click on “Authenticate with a local account” to start the wizard.
  4. Enter your Microsoft account credentials for verification.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Choose a username and password and click Next.
  7. Check that the information is correct and if you are satisfied, click on “Log out and finish”.
  8. Follow the instructions in the previous section “Disable the login screen for a local account”.

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