Everything you need to know about removing the sign-in password on your Windows 11 PC.
Entering the password or authentication via other sign-in options, if set up, each time you log in to the PC may seem redundant to many. However, one cannot remain oblivious to the security and privacy aspect of a password-protected device. But many users who solely handle the PC, that too probably one with no important stuff stored on it, often opt for this option, as it saves both time and minor hassle.
While there isn’t a method to remove the password from a Microsoft Account, you can disable it. When you disable the password, you wouldn’t be required to enter it every time you log in to Windows 11.
In the following sections, we will walk you through multiple ways to disable the password from Windows 11. These work both for a Microsoft Account and a Local Account.
Note: It’s not recommended that you remove the password from Windows 11, since it will expose the data stored in it.
Remove Password with User Accounts Panel
This is probably the easiest way you can disable the login password on Windows 11, whether it be for a Micorosft or Local account. Here’s how you do it.
To remove the password with the User Account panel, press WINDOWS + R to launch the ‘Run’ command, enter ‘netplwiz’ in the search box, and then either click on ‘OK’ at the bottom or press ENTER.
In the ‘User Accounts’ panel, select the account for which you want to remove the password, untick the checkbox above for ‘Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.’, and click on ‘OK’ at the bottom.
Now, enter the sign-in details, for the Microsoft/Local Account linked to your computer. You could either enter the username or email ID in the ‘User name’ section and then enter the password in the following two sections. Finally, click on ‘OK’ at the bottom to save the changes.
Now, every time you restart the computer with the account selected above, you wouldn’t be required to enter the sign-in details.
Remove Password with Registry
You can also disable the log-in password from the Registry. Making changes to the registry is a critical process that requires extra caution on your part, since any lapse could render the system useless. Follow the steps mentioned below as it is without making any other changes to the Registry.
To remove the password with the Registry, press WINDOWS + R to launch the ‘Run’ command, enter ‘regedit’ in the search box, and then either click on ‘OK’ at the bottom or press ENTER to launch the ‘Registry Editor’. Click ‘Yes’ on the confirmation box that appears.
In the Registry Editor, either navigate to the following path or paste it in the address bar at the top and press ENTER.
In the ‘Winlogon’ folder, locate the ‘DefaultUserName’ strings. If one is not available, click, right-click on the empty area, hover the cursor over ‘New’, and select ‘String Value’ from the list of options. Name the string as ‘DefaultUserName’.
Next, double-click on the string you just created, enter your Microsoft Account username or email ID in the section under ‘Value data’, and click on ‘OK’ to save the changes.
Now, create another string and rename it as ‘DefaultPassword’.
Double-click on the ‘DefaultPassword’ string you just created, enter your Microsoft account password under the ‘Value data’ section, and click on ‘OK’ at the bottom to save the changes.
Now, locate the ‘AutoAdminLogon’ string in the ‘Winlogon’ folder. If you cannot find one, create it as we did earlier. Now, double-click on the ‘AutoAdminLogon’ string to change its value data.
Finally, enter ‘1’ under ‘Value data’ in place of ‘0’, click on ‘OK’ at the bottom to save the changes, and close the Registry Editor.
Now, you wouldn’t be required to enter the log-in password for the account you entered in the Registry.
Remove Password by Creating a Local Account
The above two methods only disable the sign-in password but if you are hell-bent on fully removing it, there’s actually a way out. But you would have to sacrifice a few Micorosft Services, such as OneDrive, Microsoft Store, and the ability to sync settings across multiple devices, amongst others.
To completely remove the password from your PC, all you have to do is create a Local account without a password and then delete your profile with the Microsoft account, so you’ve successfully replaced your admin account with a passwordless account.
With a Local account, it’s optional to set a password and you can create one without a password, thus fulfilling your dream of a system with no password, whatsoever.
With the methods mentioned above, you could easily remove the startup password from Windows 11 and sign in without any hassle. However, we would like to reiterate that you shouldn’t remove the password if you have critical data stored on the system.