How to Enable Auto Login in Windows 10
Logins and passwords are a wonderful way to safeguard your information from prying eyes. Especially if you use public workspaces. But if you’re using your computer in a safe place with a private network, logging in all the time can get tedious.
If you want to cut through all that red tape and get to your desktop screen faster, auto logins are the answer. Keep reading to find out more about auto sign-ins and other automatic features on Windows 10.
How to Enable Auto Login in Windows 10
When you enable auto logins in Windows 10, you’re bypassing that annoying password screen and getting straight to your desktop. Sounds like a time-saver, right?
The quickest way to make it happen is to follow the steps below:
Step 1 – Open Run Dialog Box
First, you need to access the Run dialog box on your computer. You can do this by pressing the Windows key + R or you can go to the hidden quick access menu using the Start button. To reach the quick access menu, right-click on the Start button and scroll down and select Run.
Step 2 – Open User Accounts Window
Type netplwiz into the Run window and click on the OK button.
Step 3 – Disable Password Protection
In the new window, you’ll see a list of users registered to use the computer. At the very top, there’s an option to check/uncheck a box that says, “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer.” Uncheck this box and click on the Apply button.
Step 4 – Confirm Your Action
Another window appears after you select the OK button. This one asks for your username and password for confirmation. Enter the required information and select OK a final time.
Keep in mind that you’ll see the sign-in screen the next time you restart your computer, but you won’t need to enter a password anymore. Using these steps also bypasses the Lock Screen as well.
How to Enable Auto Login With the Windows 10 Registry
Changing your registry is never a simple process. It can have negative effects on your system if you perform a step wrong. Before you start these steps, therefore, you may want to create a recovery point on your computer first.
Step 1 – Access Registry
Go to your Start menu and select Run. You can also press the Windows logo key + R to get the same text box.
Step 2 – Open Registry Editor Tool
Type or paste Regedt32.exe in the Run text box. Hit the Enter button when you’re done.
Step 3 – Find the Right Subkey
The Registry Editor tool has a variety of folders in the left pane. The exact folder location you’re looking for is
Step 4 – Define Registry Change
Now it’s time to start working in the right pane of the window. Double-click on the entry named DefaultUserName. In the next window, type your username and select OK.
Find the DefaultPassword entry and double click on that select. Enter your password when prompted and click on OK again.
- Go to the Edit menu
- Select New and then String Value
- Name the new value as DefaultPassword and click Enter
Some users may not have a DefaultPassword entry. If you don’t, you can create it manually using these steps:
Now, you can double-click on DefaultPassword and enter your password when prompted.
Step 5 – Change Registry
This final step simply involves creating a new value for Windows 10 to run on startup. This is the part where you create the entry for automatic logins:
- Go to the Edit menu and select New.
- Click on String Value.
- Enter AutoAdminLogon for the new string value and click the Enter/OK button.
- Double-click on the new string value AutoAdminLogon.
- Go to the Edit String box and type the number “1” in the Value field.
- Click on Enter/OK again.
- Exit Registry Editor and restart your computer.
How to Enable Auto Login With the Windows 10 Domain Account
Enabling auto-login with a domain account means changing the registry and adding a new key for auto-login. Also, you need domain administrator rights to make changes to the registry. It’s a relatively simple process, though. This is how to get started:
- Open Registry Editor by typing “regedit” in the Windows search box or use Run and type Regedt32.exe.
- Find the following key in the folders located in the left-hand pane:
- Double-click on DefaultDomainName and add your domain name.
- Double-click on DefaultUserName and add your domain user name.
- Double-click on DefaultPassword and add your user password.
- Add the new key AutoAdminLogon using the Edit and New String Value buttons.
- Double-click on AutoAdminLogon and edit the value of the field to “1.”
- Exit Registry Editor and restart the computer.
How to Enable Auto Update in Windows 10
Updating Windows 10 is the best possible way to keep your computer running smoothly. But who has time to check for updates regularly?
Luckily, Windows 10 took this maintenance chore from you and made these updates automatic by default. You can double-check for yourself by following these steps:
- Open the Settings menu.
- Click on Update & Security.
- Click on Windows Update.
The next screen lets you know the last time Windows checked for an update. You can also enable a notification to let you know when you need to restart your computer:
- Click on Advanced Options.
- Go to the selection that says, “Show a notification when your PC requires a restart to finish updating” and toggle ON.
How to Enable Auto Brightness in Windows 10
Auto brightness is a convenient feature that uses ambient light sensors to adjust your screen. You can toggle this feature with a few steps in your Settings menu:
- Open the Settings menu.
- Search for “power options.”
- Select Power & sleep settings from the results.
- Under “Related settings” on the right side of the window, click on “Additional power settings.”
- Click on “Change plan settings” for your preferred power plan.
- Select “Change advanced settings” near the bottom of the screen.
- Scroll down and expand Display.
- Toggle “Enable adaptive brightness” on or off.
Sometimes users won’t see this option under Display. Here’s an alternate way to change automatic brightness:
- Open the Settings menu and go to System and then Display.
- Look for the “Change brightness automatically when lighting changes” box.
- Check or uncheck the box as needed.
How to Enable Auto Refresh in Windows 10 Explorer
Windows file explorer is supposed to automatically refresh. However, sometimes it doesn’t refresh the way it should. Take a look at these steps to remedy that problem and get your Explorer to refresh again:
- Right-click on your desktop.
- Scroll down and select Personalize.
- Click on Themes in the left pane of the window.
- Scroll down and select Desktop icon settings.
- Click on the Restore Default button.
- Select the Apply button and then OK.
Doing this restores your desktop themes to the one you started with out of the box. But File Explorer should start refreshing on its own again.
How to Enable Auto Rotate in Windows 10
You can toggle automatic rotation in the Action Center. Just press Windows +A or click on the notification icon in the taskbar. The rotation tile is near the bottom of the Action Center pane. Toggle it on or off as needed.
How to Enable Auto Shutdown in Windows 10
You can enable automatic shutdown in Windows using a simple prompt in Run. Check out how to do this in the steps below:
- Open the Run window by pressing the Windows button + R.
- Type shutdown -s -t [number]
- Click OK.
The number value represents the number of seconds you want to wait until the computer shuts down. If you want it to shut down by itself in 10 minutes, you’d enter “shutdown -s -t 600” in the text box. You can also use the Command Prompt box and enter in the same text.
If you did this right, Windows confirms the automatic shutdown in a notification box.
How to Enable Auto Lock in Windows 10
Did you know that you can set your PC to automatically lock whenever you step away from it? Windows uses devices paired to your computer to detect when you step out of range and forget to set the lock screen. This is how you enable Dynamic Lock on your PC:
- Press the Start button and go to Settings.
- Click on Accounts and then Sign-in options.
- Select “Allow Windows to automatically lock your device when you’re away” under Dynamic Lock.
The next time you step away from your computer, take your phone with you because Dynamic Lock works with Bluetooth. Within a minute or two of being out of range, Windows automatically locks your PC without any extra steps from you.
How Do I Bypass the Lock Screen in Windows 10?
Bypassing the lock screen in Windows 10 involves a couple of quick edits in your registry. Here’s how to get started:
• Search for “regedit.exe” on your computer and open.
• Copy and paste this key location in the address bar:
• Right-click on the empty space in the right pane.
• Highlight Key and Select New.
• Name it: “personalization.”
• Right-click on the empty space again and select DWORD.
• Create a New one and name it NoLockScreen.
• Enter the value as “1” and click the OK button.
If you ever want to undo this disabling, go back to the created DWORD and set the value to “0.”
How Do I Enable Switch User on Windows 10?
Using the Registry Editor method is the most common way to make changes like enabling or disabling Fast User Switching on Windows 10. Check out how to enable or disable this feature below:
• Open the Run utility and type regeit to open the editor.
• Navigate to the following key location:
• Right-click on System.
• Select DWORD and then New.
• Name it HideFastUserSwitching.
• Double-click on the new DWORD and set the value (0 to enable, 1 to disable).
• Restart your computer.
How Do I Create a Local Admin User in Windows 10?
You can create an administrator account in three simple steps:
• Go to Settings and then Accounts.
• Select Family & other users and the account owner’s name.
• Click “Change account type” and then Administrator under “Account type.”
Accept the changes and exit out of the menu. You’re now ready to sign-in with the new administrator account.
How Do I Enable a Guest Account on Windows 10?
Windows 10 doesn’t have a Guest account feature. Microsoft removed this ability in 2015 with build 10159. Using any of the tutorials online involving changes to the registry or using a command prompt could mess up your computer.
A Word About Registry Changes
You can find many resources online that casually advise you to make changes in your computer’s registry. But be careful about how you do this because a mistake can create some real problems in your computer’s operating system.
If you must make changes, create a restore point first just in case anything goes wrong. Or ask someone who has experience changing registries to do it for you. Automatic features can make life easier, but not at the expense of your PC.
What are some automatic features you can’t live without? Which ones do you always disable? Tell us about it in the comments section below.