Win 10 Logon problem

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  1. Posts : 30
    Windows 10
       #1

    Win 10 Logon problem


    I've had a pin set up for a while and wanted to get rid of it. I followed some instructions I found and decided to set up an automatic logon. Now things are worse. I admit I don't know what I'm doing and I'm afraid to do anything for fear of getting locked out of my computer entirely.

    When I was using the pin, the computer would boot to a pretty screen, I would hit any key, then a screen prompting me for my pin would appear. I enter it and the desktop displays.

    So I made the following change. I went in to netplwiz, selected the only account displayed and unchecked the box requiring logon. I then entered the Microsoft account password and my username at the prompt and applied it all. When I rebooted, the windows logon screen appeared saying the password is incorrect. So I choose another sign in method, which is to enter a pin, which I do and I'm in. I noticed that at the bottom left of the sign in screen there are two icons, both with the same user name but the top one has my picture, which is what I see in Windows settings, accounts. The bottom one has a blank icon, i.e. no picture.

    My goal is to boot to the desktop without entering a a pin or pw as I have a desktop PC.

    Can you help me with this?
    Thanks.
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  2. Posts : 8,100
    windows 10
       #2

    View Users
    To view user accounts on your computer: Open an elevated/administrator command prompt. Type net user and press Enter. Observe the list of user accounts on your computer.

    There may be wrong ones
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  3. Posts : 30
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #3

    It shows an administrator with my name as user and a guest.
    What is I entered the wrong user name when I entered the password in the netplwiz dialog, like my email address? How would I fix that or would the dialog have given me an error on that??
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  4. Posts : 16,926
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #4

    I urge you, before going any further in dealing with your current problem, to create a spare, local, password-protected Admin user account on your computer so you can be confident about being able to get back in control of your computer if your current efforts go wrong.
    Cross-references to the relevant tutorials are provided in
    my ditty - Create two spare local, password-protected Admin accounts [post #2] in Windows 10, 11 - TenForums
    I create two such spare accounts for the reasons explained in the link.


    Best of luck,
    Denis
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  5. Posts : 30
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #5

    I do have additional info: when the PC boots and says the username or pw is incorrect it highlights the blank icon in the lower left corner. When I click on the icon with my photo it asks for my pin.
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  6. Posts : 16,926
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #6

    I think you made a mistake when using NetPlWiz and that can be fixed but I still urge you to create another Admin account before you go any further.

    Once you have taken that precaution, you should use NetPlwiz again to
    1 undo the automatic logon you set up,
    2 then reboot,
    3 then you can use NetPlwiz again to re-do the automatic logon.

    I think that all the cases I've seen of a problem like yours have been because either an incorrect password has been entered in NetPlWiz or a password has been changed since the bypass was set up in NetPlWiz.
    ellary said:
    ... says the username or pw is incorrect it highlights the blank icon in the lower left corner. When I click on the icon with my photo it asks for my pin.
    And that behaviour makes me think that is what is happening to you now.
    Sign in User Account Automatically - TenForumsTutorials
    And do note the cross-reference in its intro to
    Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in - TenForumsTutorials


    Denis
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  7. Posts : 30
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #7

    How do I undo the automatic logon I set up? When I display netplwiz all I can do is use ctl-alt-delete. Problem is I don't remember my current pw. It's not what I thought I set up. If I check the box requiring users to enter a pw I can select my account but properties don't help. So I can click add but then do I use my MS account or a local account? It looks like the latter is asking me to add another user.
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  8. Posts : 16,926
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #8

    I assume you have already created a spare, local, password-protected Admin user account as I suggested earlier.

    ellary said:
    How do I undo the automatic logon I set up?
    Option 1 step 3 of the tutorial. You do not have to know your password to do this.

    ellary said:
    Problem is I don't remember my current pw. It's not what I thought I set up.
    After you have undone the NetPlWiz using Option 1 step 3, change your password to something you have written down somewhere secure yet accessible.
    Change account password - TenForumsTutorials
    - If you are talking about a local user account you will need to use Option 5.
    - If you are talking about an MSAccount-linked user account then you can use Options 7 or 8.


    Best of luck,
    Denis
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  9. Posts : 30
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
       #9

    Sorry, but Option 1 step 3 of which tutorial?
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  10. Posts : 16,926
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #10

    ellary said:
    Sorry, but Option 1 step 3 of which tutorial?
    This one.

    Denis
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