Our Mark Stein recently sent over instructions on how to turn on Auto Log ON on a Windows 7 System. I also found this excerpt from Microsoft’s Channel 9 that suggests that you might not want to do this, but if your heart is set on bypassing this security function read on…
Although I don’t personally recommend this, there are some people out there who don’t want to bother with using a password to protect their Windows user account. Using a password in Windows isn’t required, only suggested. But even if you don’t fill one in, you still have to click your user icon to start the login process.
An easier way - although again much less secure - is to enable auto-logins for your Windows PC. This is possible in Windows 7, as it was in prior versions, but it takes a little finagling to do so. (And for good reason, darn it.)
Still, if you must do this, here’s how:
- Press the Windows key + R on your keyboard to launch the “Run” dialog box.
- Type in control userpasswords2
- Press Enter. The User Accounts window will display.
- Uncheck the option “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”
- Click “OK”
- You will then be prompted to enter the current password and confirm it.
- After doing so, you will no longer be prompted to enter your password upon login.
Use this tip at your own risk!