Windows 10 offers a couple of ways to protect your account and data. You can set a password, create a PIN to sign in, use a picture password, use your face or iris as password, or you can use your fingerprint as password.
Protecting your account and data with a strong password or using one of the above mentioned methods is a good idea. While fingerprint and face recognition sign in methods are easy and fast, users who don’t have compatible PCs have no option but to use the traditional method of typing the password every time to sign in to Windows 10.
Bypass lock and login screen in Windows 10
If you are the sole user of the Windows 10 PC or tablet and you don’t carry your Windows 10 device much, you can configure Windows 10 to automatically boot to desktop by skipping the lock and login screen.
There is a mechanism in Windows 10 using which you can automatically sign in to Windows 10 even if you have set a password for your account. You can refer to our how to automatically sign in to Windows 10 guide for detailed instructions.
The built-in option to configure the automatic sign in although is easy, it’s not straight-forward. If you’re looking for an easy way to make Windows 10 automatically skip the lock and login screen and boot directly to desktop, you need to download the free Autologon utility from Microsoft TechNet.
The Autologon utility enables you configure the built-in autologon mechanism with ease. Autologon tool saves your data in encrypted form to the Registry. Hence, your account credentials are secure.
And the best part is that, you can use Autologon tool to skip lock and sign in screen if you are using a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows 10.
Using Autologon to skip the lock and login screen in Windows 10
Step 1: Visit this page of Microsoft TechNet, and download Autologon utility. Extract the zip file to get the executable file.
Step 2: Run the Autologon tool. When you see the User Account Control prompt, click Yes button to see the license agreement dialog.
Accept the license agreement by clicking Agree button.
Step 3: The Autologon tool automatically fills out the username and domain field. You just have to type the password.
Type the password for your user account and then click Enable. That’s it!
IMPORTANT: If you’re using a Microsoft account to sign in, please fill in your full email address in the username field and then enter password.
Step 4: You will see the following dialog “Autologon successfully configured” message.
Tip: While turning on your PC, hold down the Shift key to turn off auto-logon feature.
To completely disable autologon, run the tool again, enter your account password and then click Disable button.