Not everyone likes to have to enter a password every time he needs to log on to his computer. Windows allows you to get rid of the password without much hassle. Here's how.
Why you probably should not do this
You must be aware of several caveats before you even consider using the techniques described in this article.
You must use a local account for the password removal trick to work. You can not delete your password if you use a password Microsoft account. If you're using a Microsoft account and still want to do it, you'll need to restore your account to a local account.
Removing the password from your computer can be a security risk. Everyone can access it simply by going there. However, people still need physical access to do it. Do not have a password on a local account does not make you more vulnerable to remote intrusions.
If you ask an administrator account not to have a password, malicious applications running on your PC could theoretically gain privileged access to Windows.
If you only have one account on your Windows PC, it is best to set Windows to log in automatically instead of deleting your password, but it is not without problems. We will show you how to do this later in this article and note the specific security risks that this also entails.
Yeah, it's a lot of important caveats. In fact, we generally recommend that you do not use these techniques, even though in some circumstances they may make sense. In the end, we write about them because we have seen tips being sent to other sites without highlighting the significant risks they entail.
How to remove the Windows password for a local user account
Open the Settings application by clicking on the Start menu and then on the Settings cog.
Then click on "Accounts".
In the list of settings on the left, select "Login Options", then under the "Password" section on the right, click the "Edit" button.
To change your password, you must first confirm your current password for security reasons. Once you have done this, click "Next".
For the next section, as we do not want to use a password to log in, leave all fields blank and click "Next". By not entering a password, Windows replaces it with another one.
Finally, click on "Finish".
Otherwise, if you feel comfortable in the command line, run a High Command Prompt and enter the following command, replacing the user name with the name of the user account (make sure to include the quotation marks in the command):
net user "username" ""
The next time you log in, simply click on "Login" for the account you just modified.
How to automatically connect to Windows
If you only have one user account on your PC, the best solution is to log in automatically.
Note that there is also a security risk with this method. First of all, the same thing that we mentioned applies: everyone can connect to his PC. In addition, when you allow it, Windows saves your account password on your PC where anyone with administrator access can find it. Again, it's not too bad if your PC is in a secure location accessible only to trusted people (like at home), but it's not a good idea on a laptop that you take with you It's definitely not a good idea if you're using a Microsoft account rather than a local account. We have a full article detailing the risks related to configuring the automatic connection you may want to read before activating it.
If you want Windows to connect automatically, it is easy to configure.
Run the netplwiz command from the Start menu or from the command prompt. In the User Accounts window that opens, uncheck the box "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer," then click "OK."
One last option must be disabled to avoid having to use a password to log in again. In the Settings application, go to Settings> Accounts> Connection Options, then under "Require connection", select "Never" from the drop-down list.
Now, every time you walk away from your computer and reactivate it, you do not need to enter a password to log in to your account.