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Windows 8 – Log in Automatically

Nice quick one to start the day! In Windows 8 when the operating system boots by default you will be asked the press CTRL+ALT+DEL to log in then enter your password as seen below.

remove ctrl alt and delete to login windows 8

If you want Windows 8 to log-in automatically without having to enter a password or press CTRL+ALT+DEL then do as follows.

First go to the settings cog. Then choose PC settings.

Set windows 8 login automatically

We then need to select “Users” and select your user account. Once selected click “Change Your Password“.

Now enter your old password as required but when entering your new password leave it blank in both boxes.Then save all changes. Now when Windows 8 boots it will sign in automatically. This is useful if you are using the pc as a media centre and you want windows 8 to automatically boot and run an application

Allen White

Allen is an IT Consultant and holds the following accreditations. MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, CCA, CCSP, VCP 4,5, 6 and HP ASE, AIS - Network Infrastructure.

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    There is another way I’ve achieved this without needing to reduce security (by removing password) and without needing to use a local account (it works with a Microsoft account login).

    Winkey + R > “control userpasswords2” > untick top open and hit OK.

    On prompt, your username is either your local username that you set or it’s your live account email address if it’s linked, then just confirm password and it will auto login. This has worked since XP and it allows me to auto-login, but lock the computer if I’m going away from the desk for a moment.


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