The ability to start Windows 10 without logging in is a feature introduced in Windows 8.1, and it has been carried over into the latest version, Windows 10. While you can’t start Windows 10 without logging in from the get-go, you can turn this setting off if you don’t want to be prompted for a username and password. If you find yourself regularly booting up your computer without signing in, this article should help make things a little bit easier on you!
Windows 10 also requires you to sign in with a username and password by default. While this is really for our security, it seems disturbingly unnecessary for a home machine with a single user. Fortunately, there is a workaround for automatic logon: press Win+R and type netplwiz in the Run line.
In the User Accounts window that appears, select your account and turn off the User must enter username and password option. OK, everything, and the next time you boot up, you won’t need your password. The Windows desktop immediately greets you.
The concept of “logging in” is relatively new to us. It’s only recently that Microsoft has made this a requirement on the Windows 10 operating system, but it wasn’t always like this.