I get variations on this questions every day. Here are some examples.

Vicky writes:  I spent the better part of yesterday with a message board trying to figure out a problem with my newly downloaded Windows 10. I guess it really isn’t a problem but it is an aggravation. Anyway, since downloading 10 I have to sign in every start up and wake up. I never had to do that before as I am the only one who uses my computer. I checked and unchecked all the boxes but nothing works. Still have to sign in. Plus I disabled my touch pad and it won’t stay disabled. No matter that I checked the disable box. I guess I will just have to get used to this?

Terry has a similar question:

I have Win 10. I use to boot up without having to put a password but now I have to. I do remember Win 10 asking me to set up an account which I did in Hotmail.com but now every time I boot up, I have to enter my password. How do I get rid of this log on issue?

For security purposes, Microsoft really wants that password there. And I know you say you don’t need it. I will advise you not to try to get rid of the password if your PC ever leaves your home or if you have a roommate. Certainly don’t do this on a work PC.

I have a suggestion, which has worked for many people,

Type netplwiz into your search box and click on the result.


A windows will open. Uncheck the box beside Users must enter password. Then click OK and restart your PC.


This should also work on Windows 8. However, it doesn’t work for everyone, because it did not work on my Surface Pro.

Another thing you can do, if you’d still like to keep the password when you log on, but don’t want to have to type it in when you walk away from your PC for a few minutes, is to disable the password requirement for waking from sleep.

Type “sign in options” in the search box and click on the results.


Click the drop-down menu where you can choose if you need a password when the PC wakes up.  Select Never.


Now, you won’t have to put in password if you go too long without touching your mouse or keyboard.

~ Cynthia