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How To Automatically Logon To Windows 8 or 8.1

Skip the Sign In Process Completely by Configuring Windows 8 to Auto Login

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Advanced User Accounts Screen in Windows 8

Advanced User Accounts Screen in Windows 8

Configuring Windows 8 to automatically login when your PC is turned on can be a really easy way to speed up your morning computer routine, but only if you're the regular user of your computer.

Important: I highly recommend that you do not configure Windows 8 to auto login if you're using a mobile computer like a tablet, laptop, etc. Requiring a password to access Windows 8 is a simple and reasonably effective way of keeping your data secure if your computer ends up in someone else's possession.

If you're sure you want to do this, just follow the tutorial I've described below to make Windows 8 automatically logon to your account. Once you've done this, Windows 8 will no longer ask you for a password when your computer starts!

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Configuring Windows 8 to auto login to your account takes less than 5 minutes.

Applies To: The following procedure works equally well for any edition of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1, no matter if you sign in with a Microsoft account or a traditional user account.

Here's How:

  1. Open Run from the Apps screen, using WIN+R, or via the Power User Menu, and then type the following command in the text box:

    netplwiz
    

    Tip: You can also open Command Prompt and do the same if you'd rather, but using Run is probably a bit quicker overall.

  2. Tap or click on the OK button. The Advanced User Accounts program will open.

    Note: Technically, this program is called the Advanced User Accounts Control Panel, but it's not really a Control Panel applet and you won't find it in the Control Panel in Windows 8. To make it more confusing, the title of the windows says just User Accounts.

  3. On the Users tab, which should be where you're at now, uncheck the box next to Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.

  4. Tap or click the OK button at the bottom of the window.

  5. When the Automatically sign in box appears, enter the user name you wish to automatically login to Windows 8 with.

    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 with in the User name field. What defaults there might instead be the name associated with your account, not your actual user name.

  6. In the Password and Confirm Password fields, enter the password you sign in to Windows 8 with.

  7. Tap or click the OK button.

    The Automatically sign in window, as well as the User Accounts window, will now close.

  8. Restart your computer and make sure that Windows 8 automatically logs you in. You may catch a glimpse of the Sign in screen, but only long enough to see it log you in without you having to type anything!

Tips:

  1. Not using Windows 8 or 8.1? See How Do I Auto Login to Windows? for auto login instructions for your version of Windows.

  2. Are you a Desktop lover looking to speed up your Windows 8 boot process even more? In Windows 8.1 or later you can make Windows start directly to the Desktop, skipping the Start screen. See How to Boot to the Desktop in Windows 8.1 for instructions.

Having Trouble Configuring Windows 8 to Sign In Automatically?

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Tip: The most common reason that this isn't successful is if the wrong user name is entered in Step 5 above. Double check that what you enter here is actually your user name and not just the name associated with your account.

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