This post will cover setting up auto logon Windows 10. Whether you use a media centre software application or an emulator frontend for your HTPC auto logon is essential. When you switch the device on you want it to boot all the way to the point where you can play your media or games and not wait at a logon screen. Many of us invest in hardware such as solid state hard drives to improve the boot times of our HTPC media centres but what’s the point if you are stopped at a logon screen.
Booting straight into your media centre software using auto logon gives your machine the professional feel and takes the desktop PC out of it. With Windows 10 auto login it is straight forward to setup with a few minor differences to previous versions of the operating system. There are no registry setting to change and your system will boot to desktop without asking for a user name or password. This simple guide will show you step by step how to setup auto login Windows 10. The guide is simple to follow and takes around 10 minutes to complete. At the end of the post we have a sub section called Windows 10 Disable Auto Login for if you need to remove this.
How to Auto Logon Windows 10
The first step to Windows auto logon is to create a user account specifically for your media solution because you don’t really want to use your main Administrator account and if your HTPC media centre is used by multiple people. You may want to restrict the permissions and access they get. In the Cortana box next to the Windows button type in the word
Computer. Now click on the “Computer Management” option shown at the top of the displayed list.
This will display the Computer Management screen shown below. Expand the “Local Users and Groups” option. Right click on “Users” and select “New User…”. On the screen that follows enter the details you want for your new user account. For this guide we have created an account called Media and the account will be created as a standard user. If you would like to give it administrator permissions the you can add it to the “Administrators” group under Local Users and Groups – Groups – Administrators.
Under “Local Users and Groups – Users” your new user account will show. On the right hand window right click on the user account and select “Properties”. Tick the “Password Never Expires” box ensuring no issues when the account password is due for renewal.
Account Created – Time to Enable Auto Login Windows 10
Now for the main part of our Auto Logon Windows 10 guide. Hold the
Windows button and push
R. This will bring up a box where you can enter run commands. Type
Netplwiz and click “OK”. The “User Accounts” screen shown below will be displayed. Select the new account that you have created which in our case is “Media” and uncheck the tick box which says “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”. Click “Apply” and provide the password for your account as this will be used each time your system loads.
You have now finished this guide and you are ready for Auto Login Windows 10! If you reboot your HTPC media centre it will boot straight into the new account you have created. It will boot straight through to your Windows 10 desktop. The final part of this guide entitled “Windows 10 Disable Auto Login” is only required if you want to remove this feature otherwise you are now complete.
Auto Logon Windows 10 Video Tutorial
Windows 10 Disable Auto Login
To turn off Windows 10 auto login at any point simply go back into the “User Accounts” screen in the previous step and tick the “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.”
You are now ready to configure your media centre applications to launch on start-up. See our page Auto Start Kodi for information on how to auto boot into your favourite HTPC media centre software. You have now enabled Auto Logon Windows 10.