In the past, as a single user, on a Windows machine, logging in meant simply turning the PC on. Certainly there were methods of forcing the login screen to appear, but that wasn’t the typical setup. In Windows 8, users always see the login screen therefore forcing the issue of actually logging into your profile/account.
Here’s how to change that default behavior and avoid the login screen altogether.
Bypass the Windows 8 Login Screen
- At the Windows Metro UI start screen, type netplwiz and press Enter or click the netplwiz icon.
- A ‘User Account’ window will open. Highlight the account you want to automatically load when Windows starts.
- Uncheck the box above it titled “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.”
- Click OK.
- You will be prompted to confirm the operation by entering your password. Enter your password to complete the change.
The next time you start up Windows 8, the user account you selected will automatically be loaded.
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