Windows 10: Avoiding logon at startup Solved

  1.    31 May 2018 #1

    Avoiding logon at startup

    I have the latest W10 edition/update and now find that I must use my password to open up my laptop. Luckily I still knew it so I was able to log on; but I want to remove this step.

    What happens at power up is that the laptop sits with a picture screen and says that the password is invalid. Then I type my password and all is OK - but clearly the pwd is not reset.

    I have looked around for workarounds and have been into settings finding that 'the requirement for users to logon' is NOT checked.

    I also see at the initial password entry stage that there are three different options; I cannot recall just what they are but one has a key one refers to a local logon and one refers to Microsoft as far as I can remember.

    Ant ideas as to the best way forward would be much appreciated!

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  2.    31 May 2018 #2

    If you are logging on with a local account, simply change password to a null password - just click on password change boxes but do not enter text.

    If using an MS account, run "netplwiz", uncheck box requiring password to be entered, and enter password twice in popup box to confirm.
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  3.    31 May 2018 #3

    I had already tried netplwiz and the requirement box is unchecked. I want to use a local account but when I started up just now I did not get an option for the 'Key'/local account.

    Luckily my MS (?) password still worked, though.

    Is it possible to force a logon to a local account?

    In fact what is a local account? I have not great wish to be logged on to MS in any way and have been assuming that a local account is just that, local network access and no MS, cloud or whatever.

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  4.    31 May 2018 #4

    You are correct in you thinking. A local account is not tied to Microsoft in any way. To switch from a Microsoft account to local is very easy. Just follow Brink’s guide. If you do not want to sign in with a password, leave both password fields blank.

    Switch to Local Account in Windows 10
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
       31 May 2018 #5

    Hello Alan,

    A local account is the type of account Windows 7 used that doesn't use an email address.

    How to Tell if Local Account or Microsoft Account in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Double check the tutorials below to have your local account automatically signed in to at startup and on wakeup.

    Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Turn On or Off Require Sign-in on Wakeup in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
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  6.    31 May 2018 #6

    Thanks, that seems to have done the trick.

    Most helpful.
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  7. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18242
       31 May 2018 #7

    I'm glad we could help.
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