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How to automatically log in to Windows 11

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You will first need to set “DevicePasswordLessBuildVersion” to “0” in the registry. Once you’ve done that, you can open the “netplwiz” window, uncheck “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer” and provide your account password. Windows 11 will automatically log you in.

If your PC never leaves your house and you don’t really need a password, auto login will save you the hassle of typing your password every time you turn on or restart your PC. Here’s everything you need to know to enable automatic login.

In general, you should not use automatic login

Automatic login potentially exposes your sensitive data to anyone who has physical access to your PC. It’s not as bad as completely removing Windows 11 password, but it still presents an unnecessary risk.

RELATED: How to remove your password from Windows 10

Anyone with physical access to your PC likely has full administrative control, which means you can recover your Microsoft password if you really want to. From there, it’s a breeze to get access to your Microsoft account and everything stored there.

RELATED: Why you shouldn’t automatically sign in to your Windows PC

If you are going to use automatic login, we recommend that you use a local account instead.

If you just don’t like having to type a password, consider using Windows Hello webcam login instead.

Enable the option to skip login

Windows 11 still supports automatic login – the option is off by default. We will have to use the Registry Editor (Regedit) to modify a few things to enable it again. Alternatively, you can simply download and use the registration key we provide, “Enable_Automatic_Login_Option.zip”, in the next section. It will handle everything automatically.

Warning: The Windows Registry is essential to the operation of the Windows 11 operating system and most of the applications you will install. You should be careful when editing the registry, as an incorrectly modified or deleted value can lead to serious errors or even an inoperable PC. You should be a little familiar with the Windows Registry before proceeding if you are not already familiar with it.

Click the Start button, type “regedit” in the search bar, then press Enter or click “Open”.

Navigate to the following address by pasting it into the Regedit address bar:

ComputerHKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindows NTCurrentVersionPasswordLessDevice

Paste the path into the Regedit address bar.

Double click the DWORD named “DevicePasswordLessBuildVersion”, change the value data from “2” to “0”, then click “OK”.

Changing the value from 2 to 0 is what enables automatic login. Our work on the registry is done and you can close Regedit.

Use our registry hack to enable the option instead

If you don’t want to mess with the registry manually, you can use our pre-made REG file to apply the change automatically. Simply download “Enable_Automatic_Login_Option.zip”, open it in your favorite file storage program and double click “Enable_Automatic_Login_Option.reg”. There is also a “Disable” file included in the ZIP file to undo the change in case you change your mind.

Download Enable_Automatic_Login_Option.zip

A pop-up will appear warning you that REG files may be harmful to your PC, that’s true. A malicious REG file could cause a lot of trouble. You can always audit a REG file to determine what it does by opening it in a plain text editor, such as Visual Studio Code, Atom, Notepad, Notepad++, or many others.

In this case, however, the REG file only does what we described above, so just click “Yes”.

Enable auto login

Modifying the registry was the hard part of this job. Now you just need to enable local login. Press Windows + R to open the run window, type “netplwiz” in the field, then press Enter or click “OK”.

Press Windows + R, then type "netplwiz" at the run prompt and press Enter.

Select your account, uncheck the box next to “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer,” and then click “Apply.”

You must enter your username and password on the next screen. If you’re using a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows, the password you need to provide is your Microsoft password.

That’s it, you’re done. The next time you restart your computer, you will automatically be logged in directly to your chosen account. Just be aware of the security implications.

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