Remove need for password on startup - Netplwiz changed?

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  1. Posts : 255
    Windows 10
       #1

    Remove need for password on startup - Netplwiz changed?


    I have had to reinstall Windows so am re-setting things to what I want. As a new install I have the latest version. One thing I don't want is to not have to enter a password on startup. In the past I could do this by using NETPLWIZ.
    There is one user - me as Admin.
    The box one could tick to say whether or not a startup password is needed seems to have gone.
    Has Microsoft changed things?
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  2. Posts : 7,607
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #2

    Right-click on the Start button --> Windows PowerShell (Admin)
    Run the following line of commands:
    Code:
    (REG Add "HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\PasswordLess\Device" /V "DevicePasswordLessBuildVersion" /T REG_DWORD /D 0 /F)

    The box will appear.

    Sigurd said:
    re-setting things to what I want.
    I use scripts to do so automatically.
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  3. Posts : 31,208
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #3

    Sigurd said:
    The box one could tick to say whether or not a startup password is needed seems to have gone.
    Has Microsoft changed things?

    No, but it will be missing if 'passwordless sign in' is enabled, which it may be by default after a clean install.

    Bree said:
    My clean install has the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\PasswordLess\Device key and DevicePasswordLessBuildVersion is set to 2 (which means ON according to the tutorial). Setting it to 0 restores the checkbox in Netplwiz.
    Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup - post #145

    And is noted in the tutorial:

    If you turned on Require Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts (aka: passwordless sign-in), you will not see the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer check box.

    Sign in User Account Automatically at Windows 10 Startup
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  4. Posts : 7,607
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #4

    I have never touched DevicePasswordLessBuildVersion since I clean installed version 20H2.

    Remove need for password on startup - Netplwiz changed?-devicepasswordlessbuildversion-default.jpg

    "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" is missing from my netplwiz
    Nonetheless, I need not enter my password before using my computer.
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  5. Posts : 31,208
    10 Home x64 (22H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #5

    Matthew Wai said:
    "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" is missing from my netplwiz
    Nonetheless, I need not enter my password before using my computer.

    If you have not set a password for your account you don't need to use netplwiz, you will be signed in without being prompted for a password.
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  6. Posts : 7,607
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #6

    I have set a password for my account.
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  7. Posts : 56,794
    Multi-boot Windows 10/11 - RTM, RP, Beta, and Insider
       #7

    Sigurd said:
    I have had to reinstall Windows so am re-setting things to what I want. As a new install I have the latest version. One thing I don't want is to not have to enter a password on startup. In the past I could do this by using NETPLWIZ.
    There is one user - me as Admin.
    The box one could tick to say whether or not a startup password is needed seems to have gone.
    Has Microsoft changed things?
    @Sigurd, as Bree mention in his post above, it is most like this setting. Please check it and make sure it is OFF.

    Remove need for password on startup - Netplwiz changed?-2021-03-11_08h22_33.png
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  8. Posts : 7,607
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #8

    That option is missing from my "Sign-in options".
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  9. Posts : 6,196
    Windows 11 Pro - Windows 7 HP - Lubuntu
       #9

    Sigurd,
    Your post is a bit confusing.
    - From the title "Remove need for password on startup". I understand that you want to login automatically.
    - On second line you wrote "One thing I don't want is to not have to enter a password on startup. From it I understood that you want to sign in to login.

    Please clarify
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  10. Posts : 7,607
    Windows 10 Home 20H2
       #10

    I don't want is to not have to enter a password on startup.
    I don't want to enter a password on startup. ✔️
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