Whether you find it to be a nuisance or not, automatic login is disabled in Windows 7 by default. Requiring a username and password when you sign on to your computer is one of many security features that Microsoft enables in Windows by default, though such defaults can be overridden — your computer works for you, after all, and not the other way around! If you do not share your computer with other users, or if you use your computer for things that don’t contain secure data, you may not want to be bothered logging in each time you start your computer.
So if you don’t have a creepy roommate who sneaks onto your computer when you’re not home for reasons that make you shudder to think, or you’re comfortable with people potentially seeing what’s on your computer because you really have nothing to hide (or you just have no shame), you can configure Windows 7 to log in automatically. The process is fairly hassle free, too.
To enable automatic login in Windows 7, you need make a few minor configuration changes to Windows.
Configure Windows 7 for Automatic Login
- Click the Start button.
- Type netplwiz in the Search field.
- Press Enter. This displays the Windows User Accounts dialog box.
- From this Windows User Accounts window, select your user account from the list of computer users.
- Uncheck the checkbox next to Users must enter a username and password to use this computer option.
- Click OK once you have removed the checkmark from the box.
- Provide the password for your user account when prompted, which is the final step to enabling Windows 7 automatic login for your username.
Windows requires you to restart your computer before auto login takes effect. When the reboot completes, Windows 7 automatically logs you in. Each time you restart Windows 7 or turn your computer off and on again, Windows will automatically log on with your user account.
Now that you know how to configure Windows 7 for automatic login, you’ll probably have lots of time to do other stuff with the hours you’re saving in the long run. Learn a new language. Take that vacation to Madagascar you’ve been planning for years. Stow away on a cargo ship for destinations unknown. Open that bed and breakfast in the middle of the desert. But don’t sleep in the subway, baby — bored commuters are bound to use your laptop when you’re not looking.
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