Ah, password. Wouldn’t it be great if you didn’t need it for almost every website and application you use? Life will be much easier without them – maybe less secure, but easier. Unfortunately, at least for now, passwords are an inevitable part of electronic life.
But that doesn’t mean you have it everywhere. Even if you don’t want to delete passwords from your public account, you don’t have to install them in places where they don’t make sense, like on a home PC that you only have access to.
Windows 10 requires a password for access, and you cannot delete the password completely. Even if you use a local account, you still need a password to function correctly. However, there are several ways to reduce inconvenience with password protection on your Windows 10 machine.
Password on Windows 10
On a default Windows 10 installation, you will be asked for a password every time you boot, every time you cancel your screen saver, and every time you change users. However, this can be changed. Although we cannot completely remove the password, we can stop you from having to log in every time you start Windows or cancel the screensaver.
Here’s how to remove the need for a password when entering and in the screensaver.
Remove password when logging in
If you want your Windows 10 device to load and not interrupt your password, you can do it. If you are the only user or you trust someone else who can access it, do this:
Press the Windows key + R, type ‘netplwiz’ and press Enter.
Select your username from the middle window and uncheck the box above it by ‘Many users enter usernames …’.
Enter your password to confirm and click ‘Apply.’
Now, every time Windows boots, it goes directly to the desktop. Be aware that if you type a password incorrectly at boot, this will not work. If you are still asked for a password at boot, do these steps again, check the box, add a password, reboot, uncheck the box and confirm. Now this should work.
Remove the password from the screensaver
Other times you are interrupted for a password is if you leave Windows unattended for a long time so the screensaver enters. While at work or school this is a very good thing, at home it’s not necessary. Here’s how to deactivate it.
Navigate to Settings and Account. Click on the Enter option on the left.
Change the drop-down menu under Require login to Never. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click the Lock screen text link.
Make sure the checkbox next to ‘When continuing, display the login screen’ is not checked. You must be able to boot into Windows 10 and cancel the screensaver without a password.
Now that you have removed most of the password from the Windows 10 installation, you should know more about who is there and who might want to use your computer. As mentioned, it’s okay if you are just a user but if not, take reasonable precautions.
Use a local account to delete your password on Windows 10
Another way to avoid passwords in Windows 10 is to use a local guest account. Microsoft does not want you to know this, but there are two types of accounts on Windows 10. There is a Microsoft account that you must enter, and there is a local account. Local accounts have the exact same rights as Microsoft but don’t report everything you do.
To completely erase the need for a password in Windows 10, you can use a local account instead. This is how you do it.
- Navigate to your Settings, Accounts and Info.
- Select Sign in with a local account rather than a text link.
- Enter your Microsoft account password to verify your identity.
- You will see a Switch to local account page where you can create a local username and password. You can leave this password blank.
- Select Next to switch to the local account and sign in using your new credentials.
Use a local account on Windows 10
There are a few things you should know about using a local account on Windows 10. First, you can only use this type of account after Windows is activated. Second, this can interfere with OneDrive, Office 365, Windows Store, and other applications that depend on your Microsoft ID to function. If you are like me, you still avoid privacy applications like the plague. This will also delete marketing ID preferences that you might have on your computer.
One last thing to note about local accounts. Currently, if you log into Windows 10 with a local account and access the Windows Store, Microsoft will automatically convert it to a Microsoft account. This automatically enables tracking and all interruptions that ruin the Windows 10 experience. So if you commit to a password-free lifestyle on your home computer, avoid the Windows 10 store.
That’s how you (for the most part) delete passwords from your Windows 10 home installation. You may not be able to follow these steps on a work machine or shared computer, where password protection is very important to avoid compromising your data (or worst, to avoid coworkers messing about sending your boss’s “fun” memo from an email account You!) But at home where there is no need for such security, this can save a lot of time.
Why does Windows keep asking for my password?
If your computer has made a recent update, it might reset your login settings to factory defaults. Try the process above to see if the problem has been fixed.
What can I do if I forget my password?
If you forget your Windows password, click the ‘Reset Password’ link and answer your security question to regain access. If you are still experiencing problems with bypassing your login, check the Microsoft Support Page for more information.
Do I need a password on my computer?
As stated earlier, Windows does require a password for security purposes. That being said, it’s up to you and your situation to decide whether a constant login prompt is needed. If you use a computer outside a secure area, a password is a great way to protect your data. For those who have a computer at home with a trusted roommate or family member, that might not be so relevant.