How to setup auto login on Windows 10

Posted on 18th January 2016

Windows 10 allows you to configure any one local user account to automatically login to the system without typing a username and password. Obviously automatic login poses a security risk but if are ready to take that risk then the following procedure explain how to setup auto login in Windows 10. The procedure is different depending on whether your computer is on a workgroup of domain.

Windows 10 auto login for computers on a work group

In case of Windows 10 computers on a work group you can easily configure automatic login from the Advanced User Accounts control panel - netplwiz

In the search box next to the Start button start typing netplwiz and click netplwiz command from the results.


Select the user account which you want to configure as auto login user

Advanced user accounts

Uncheck the box Users must enter a username and password to use this computer

Click Apply You will be prompted to enter password for the selected user

windows 10 auto login

Enter the password and click OK.

Next time you restart the computer you will be automatically logged inwithout having to enter a password.

Auto login for Windows 10 computers on a domain

In case of Windows 10 computer on an Active Directory domain, you need to edit the Registry to setup auto login. A domain administrator can manually add these registry keys or if you need to repeat this procedure on a lot of computers you can also create a Group Policy Object to automatically add the registry keys.

To add the registry keys for auto login. Type regedit in the search box and select the registry editor.

Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

Add/Modify the following key if they doesn't already exit


Restart the computer for the changes to take effect.

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Miki | May 3, 2019 5:33 AM |

Thanks for the useful info in this article. We have a domain auto login account and in Windows 7 we could use shift and then click on OK on the welcome screen to get an option to enter different credentials. How can I di it in Windows 10?

ERIC BROWNING | January 6, 2020 5:19 PM |

Same method works

Doug Pembery | October 24, 2018 9:41 AM |

For Windows 10 machines on a domain, if you type your Domain\Username then add the password and confirm it. When you restart the machine it will auto login on the domain. You do not need to use regedit.

Miki | May 3, 2019 5:39 AM |

How can you stop that once it's been setup? In Windows 7 you could pres the shift key and ok and you'd be able to enter a different user credentials.