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How do I sign in to Windows 7 automatically?

How do I sign in to Windows 7 automatically?

by Leo A. Notenboom, © 2011

I used to be able to set up my computer to sign me in automatically when I reboot. My new computer doesn't do that and I have to type in my password each time. How do I make it stop needing that?


It turns out that it's not that difficult to set up at all.

I'll walk you through the steps and I'll show you in a short video exactly how to do what you want.

Setting up auto sign-in

The quickest way to get to the setting that we need is to use Windows search to look for "netplwiz":

Windows search for 'netplwiz'

Click that when it shows up in the search results above the Start menu:

netplwz is Windows search results

In the resulting dialog:

Users must enter a username and password to use this computer option

Make sure that "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer" is unchecked.

If there is more than one account listed below, click the account that you want to have login automatically.

Now click OK.

Password for the auto-signin account

When you click OK (or Apply), Windows will prompt you for the password of the account that you've selected to be automatically signed in. Windows will save this (securely) and use it at boot time to automatically sign in.

That's it. Reboot your computer to watch it sign in automatically.

Next Steps

We've covered only login - if you also want to make sure that a password is not required after Standby or Hibernation, you'll want to read How do I avoid needing a password after standby or hibernation?


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How do I sign in to Windows 7 automatically?

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