When I start up my laptop running Windows 10, I’d like to have it go straight to the Desktop, not require that I log in. Doable?
You can definitely disable the login feature on Windows 10 – Win10 – if it’s annoying, but I suggest that you don’t, actually. It’s intended to be another level of security for your system and can be beneficial, particularly with a laptop where there are often situations where someone else could use it while you’re not paying attention (for example, going to the bathroom while it sits on a table).
I recognize that entering a complex password can be a hassle too, however, so suggest that you consider setting up a simple PIN for logging in instead, something like the last four digits of your phone number, fast, easy but enough to foil most people who might otherwise exploit your system for their own gains (or just to be nosy!)
Still want to just axe the login completely? Well…. okay.
To start, here’s what you’re seeing now, I expect:
You don’t like the pretty new blue graphic? 🙂
Log in to the account you want to have be your auto-logged-in account, then go to the Start Menu area and type “run“:
The “best match” is what you want, so choose it with a click (or just press Return or Enter).
You’ll have a little window pop up that lets you invoke Windows commands directly from the command line:
As you can see, you want to type netplwiz to launch one of the hidden Windows wizards.
Careful with the spelling, it’s a weird one! NETPLWIZ (all lowercase).
Enter it correctly, click “OK” and you’ll see exactly how to bypass the login screen:
You can see it, the first checkbox: Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.
Uncheck that box, click “Apply”, close the window.
But seriously, are you really sure you want to disable this feature?