Windows 11 is the greatest and latest operating system from Microsoft. It’s essentially the fastest and the most feature-rich. Although the OS is still in its early stages, it already shows a lot of potential performance and features wise.
However, if you want to make your experience better, you might want to set up automatic login on your computer.
Unlike previous versions, Windows 11 automatically greets you with a log-in screen at boot.
While this is a standard security feature, some users don’t want to go through the login process all the time. This is also true if the computer is meant for public use, like in internet cafes and libraries.
In this guide, we will show you how to enable auto login on Windows 11.
Change Windows Settings
If you want to avoid the inconvenience of typing your password whenever your system boots, you can enable auto login on Windows 11 through Windows Settings. However, we don’t recommend doing this if your computer is used by multiple people.
Here’s what you need to do:
On your computer, access the “Start Menu” and click on the “Gear icon” to open Windows Settings. You can also press the “Windows + I keys” to open Windows Settings.
Now, go to the “Accounts” tab in the side menu and click on “Sign-in Options”.
Under “Additional Settings”, choose “Never” from the “If you’ve been away” option. If your system has Windows Hello, disable the “Only allow Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft Accounts” option.
Disable Windows Hello Options
For some systems, automatic login will not work if you’re using Windows Hello sign-in options such as PIN, Fingerprint, or Facial Recognition. If this is the case, you’ll need to turn off Windows Hello altogether on your system.
See the guide below to turn off the feature:
First, open Windows Settings on your computer. Now, go to the “Accounts” tab. Under the “Ways to Sign-in” section, select your current sign-in method and choose “Remove”.
Now, click on “Remove” again and enter your password to confirm your identity.
Enable Automatic Login
Once you’ve changed your Windows Settings, you can now enable automatic login in the User Accounts control panel.
First, press “Windows + R” on your keyboard to access the “Run Command Box”. Type “netplwiz” and click “OK” to open the “User Accounts Control Pane”.
Now, uncheck the “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” option and click “Apply”. A prompt box will appear on your screen. Enter the password for the username you’ve selected to confirm your identity and hit “OK”.
Restart your system afterward, and Windows should take you to the desktop after booting.
Related: How to Enable User Account Control on Windows 11
Automatic Sign-In Option Missing?
In some cases, the Automatic Sign-In option on Windows 11 is not available from the User Accounts Control Panel. If this is the case on your end, follow the steps below to make the option show up.
On your computer, open the “Run Command Box” by pressing the “Windows + R keys” on your keyboard. Type “regedit” and hit “Enter” to run the Registry Editor.
Now, navigate to the path below:
After that, double-click the “DevicePasswordLessBuildVersion” DWORD file inside the folder.
By default, the value of this DWORD file is 2. However, you’ll need to change it to “0” to enable automatic sign-in on your computer. Hit “OK” afterward to apply the changes.
Reboot your system, and the automatic sign-in option should appear in the User Accounts Control Panel.