Windows 10: Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup
You're most welcome. I'm happy to hear that you got it sorted.
Thank you for your tutorial.
I am setting up a new Windows 10 PC for a disabled person. I created a "guest" account for her (Dorothy) with limited capability and no Microsoft account using the tutorial at Windows 10 - Create a Guest Account in Windows 10 - YouTube
I need to allow Dorothy to login automatically without needing a password. Of course the Admin account must retain a password login but I am stuck at step 5 of your tutorial. I can only find settings to allow everyone to login automatically instead of just Dorothy. See attached screenshot.
Sorry for my confusion but how do I make only Dorothy login automatically?
Hello Curious, and welcome to Ten Forums.
You can use OPTION ONE in the tutorial on the first page to set Windows to automatically sign in to only Dorothy's account at startup.
I've used the method on previous occasions when not having any password assigned simply to change the binary 0 to 1 value. For the volume of VM and other traffic regarding Insider builds however I know have to log into MS accounts constantly to keep tabs on things as well as be ready for the next build. While the main build saw Option One put to use Option Two was used for the second remote desktop here and will also likely need to be applied to the VMs overall on both machines!
Note having just applied this to both desktops not having restarted the main the remote pc automatically saw the desktop load as expected. I expect the main to also be seeing this as well but with Option One having been the method used. I just referred someone to the guide here who was looking for information on 10's ability to see this since the user recalled this on 7. Can't get any better then reviewing a guide that works!
Both options dont work!
I have a similar problem, however up until yesterday I did not have a Microsoft account with an @Hotmail.com email associated with my Windows 10 laptop. All of a sudden yesterday, I had an @Hotmail.com account and I required a password; I did not change any settings to change this!
Frustrations with Microsoft forcing settings on me aside, I cannot disable the password portion of the login. Previously I just had to double click at the logon screen and it would log me in. I have tried both options with no luck and option 2 does not have the registry entry you are talking about (see screenshot).
Any ideas where to go from here as I am shortly going to put my fist through the screen after 3 hours of trying numerous options!!!
It sounds like you may have opened an app that required a Microsoft account, and you didn't click on Sign in to just this app instead when signing in to the app with your Microsoft account causing your local account to switch to a Microsoft account.
OPTION ONE in the tutorial works with Microsoft accounts at startup as well. If you like, double check to make sure that you selected the correct "User Name" for the Microsoft account and entered the correct password.
If you don't want a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows 10 with, then you can switch it back to a local account using the tutorial below, and use the tutorial above to only sign in to an app with a Microsoft account instead.
Success... Kind of, I am now back onto a local account but still have the @Hotmail.com account showing at the bottom left of the login page.
Good news so far. Double check to make sure that you undid option 1 and 2 in the tutorial on the first page here for the @Hotmail.com account to see if that removes it.
An update to offer here about the second remote test pc in use. With the latest sudden increase in number of new builds I found Option Two was never fully completed as well as opting for Option One with both set fully seeing "Instant Results"! That problem of not seeing the Admin avatar at startup on the lock screen that appears briefly is also explained now by the automatic Winlogin not allowing time since there is no longer any stop at Lock for selecting the account to sign into.
Note I wanted a second Live Hotmail account in use as the automatic login over the Local or original which had been used initially before the present MS account existed for this second system. Creating and assigning a second new MS account might be a consideration as well if not having another account to substitute with. The Privacy setting found under "Start>Settings>Accounts>Sign-in options" will have to switched to the Off position to avoid seeing email acccount information displayed on the Lock/Sign in screen at startup time.
Once you are signed into the preferred account you will want this turned off to avoid seeing any account information being displayed openly. You will still see the options for main account and Local account appear on the lower left corner only without any email address being displayed there on on the Lock screen. That will still be seen in the Control Panel>User accounts however.
I am following along with most, as it seems that my solution is posted.
A couple of things: This is my third installation since mid-June and the build is entirely different. I didn't have to do anything to open and to access my computer. It is private, in my home, and I am the only user. I should be Bella with Admin and Admin - although hidden, right?
I, too, had two login choices this morning - one with email address and one without. I created a Home Group in order to SHARE files, etc. (I never did anything while in Admin - for many reasons. "Sunday" was the best.)
Two questions here: Do I need to enable sharing my own files/folders, etc. in order to have Admin access my own programs & files? That seems counter-intuitive. (It also seems too drastic and a waste of time and space. I followed the steps online and ended up doing each several times. I wonder why nothing takes with one alteration.)
How do I permanently remove everything that I wasted time doing yesterday? I went in in order to remove COM Add-ins and never got there. Accessing Outlook wasn't even an option. (Possibly Safe Mode Admin or I just didn't have programs there.)
I bought a disk to hack into my own computer because I got badly messed up with logins/password/email account. As I said, I didn't have to share any private info with/on my computer in mid-June. I changed passwords to empty and don't require login. I changed to not requiring login after sleep. It seems everything I do is temporary, because I am back to entering a password to logon to my own computer. I also have this eight digit code on Group Policy. I want to remove Sharing and the Home Group, mainly because I never had it/it (on Win10, 7. Vista, or XP). In how many places do I have to make changes? Are some methods more permanent than others? Having reset my password already, why do I still have to log in by entering a real password?
I made changes using PC Unlocker. I used cmd prompt, net user, and from the settings in different places. These seemingly permanent changes - which are not - and the inconsistency of this OS are driving me crazy.
Do I have to reinstall Win10 cleanly in order to get it right? What's the deal with making a reset password "disc" when I have a couple of thumb drives sitting around with data on them? I have a stack of CDs. Can't I use them?
I spent 19 - 20 days straight trying to get my computer back in operation. The chances of willingly making another attempt to do a clean install on this computer do not exist THIS decade.
Based on my interpretation of everything that I read, it seems that you CANNOT get around having free and clear access to your own computer in your own home in a safe and private environment, without at least accessing your MS account. Is that true? What the hell more does MS want from me?
Based on Radical's post above, I checked my registry. This is what I have for logon:
Alternate shells - empty
AutoLogonChecked - empty
GPExtensions (Group Pol?) many listings - strings (?).
VolatileUserMgrKey - (1) And one string.
(I READ many of your linked tutorials: they are well made, easy to follow, and very helpful. Thank you.)
I can't stand all this privacy and security. (Actually, I am very much into both and a big proponent.) MS and I have different ideas about how to keep me safe and one of us knows far better than the other one does.
Speaking of, I opted out of everything in PRIVACY SETTINGS last Tuesday on my (finally) successful re-installation. I said NO in every place that I could. I was prepared as I upgraded in January. I removed Win apps that I'll never use. Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, I had to AGAIN turn off many of the same privacy settings that I disabled Tuesday.
I wrote to MS. I haven't received a confirmation, let alone a response.
Beware - and complain loudly.
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