Updated on November 29, 2019: Following our readers' suggestions, I have figured out that this is not a removal of the feature but the new behavior of the OS. The instructions are now updated.
Do you use autologin for your local or Microsoft account in Windows 10? Well, here is a bit of
bad news. Microsoft has removed this useful feature from the GUI starting in build 19033, which represents the '20H1' branch, known as Windows 10 version 2004.
After reinstalling Windows 10 Build 19033 on my lab PC I have discovered an unpleasant change.
I use the automatic login feature to sign in into my user session and automatically connect the PC to OpenVPN. I would be happy to use OpenVPN's native service for Windows, but it prevents the OS from booting starting in 20H1 build 18890, so this just doesn't work. Usually, I just turn off the option Users must enter a user name and password to use this PC and click the Apply button in the
control userpasswords2 classic Control Panel applet to make the OS save my credentials.
However, after installing build 19033, I have found that the check box is missing from the GUI:
Microsoft has silently removed it. You can no longer use the GUI to sign in automatically to a user account in Windows 10.
Follow the updated instructions here to get the check box back:
In short, you have to disable the Windows Hello option under Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options.
Once you disable it, you will see the option available in the dialog again.
Just turn off thef Users must enter a user name and password to use this PC option and click on the Apply button. When prompted for the password, enter it twice, and you are done.
Windows 10 version 2004 will now sign-in automatically to the selected user account.
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