How to Sign-in Automatically to a User Account in Windows 10 Version 2004 '20H1'
Starting in Windows 10 version 2004, also known under its code name '20H1', Microsoft has changed the default behavior of the user autologin feature. Now, if you have any of the Windows Hello secure options enabled, you won't be able to sign-in automatically into your user account. Here's what you have to do.
Starting in Windows 10 build 19033, if you set PIN or other Windows Hello secure feature, Windows 10 hides the option Users must enter a user name and password to use this PC in the classic
control userpasswords2. See the following screenshot:
Thanks to our reader "Birkuli", we now know that it is the new default behavior of the OS. So, here's how to make it sign-in automatically.
To Sign-in Automatically to User Account in Windows 10 Version 2004,
- Open Settings.
- Go to Accounts > Sign-in options.
- Turn off the Windows Hello option on the right.
- Press the Win + R keys on the keyboard. The Run dialog will appear on the screen. Enter the following command in the Run box:
- Find your user account and select it in the list. You should see the check box mentioned above:
- Turn off Users must enter a user name and password to use this PC and click on the Apply button.
- The Automatically sign in prompt will appear.
- Type your password twice and you are done!
To restore defaults, run netplwiz again and turn on the 'Users must enter a user name and password to use this PC' checkbox. The next time you log on, you will be asked for the password again.
Finally, you can use an alternative legacy method. However, I do not recommend you to use it. I'll explain why. It was available in previous versions of Windows NT and is not secure today. It requires storing the unencrypted password in the Registry which can be read by third party software and other users! Do not use this method unless you know what you are doing.
Sign-in Automatically to a User Account with a Legacy Registry Tweak
- Open the Registry Editor app.
- Go to the following Registry key.
See how to go to a Registry key with one click.
- On the right, modify or create a new string (REG_SZ) value "AutoAdminLogon". Set it to 1.
- Create or modify a new string value "DefaultUserName" and type the user name to sign-in automatically with.
- Create here a new string value "DefaultPassword". Type the password of the user account from the previous step.
To disable the automatic login enabled with this method, delete the DefaultPassword value and set AutoAdminLogon to 0.