Windows 8 users have options to log on to the system using a local account or a Microsoft Account. Both options have their advantages. The local account does not communicate with Microsoft during logon, while the second enables the synchronization of select personalization features of the operating system on each system the user logs on.
If you are using a Microsoft Account to log on to Windows 8, you have probably noticed that you have to enter the user account password each time you are doing so while the username is filled out automatically by the operating system.
If you are the only user on the system you may want to speed up the logon process by enabling automatic logons on the system.
Note: While that is very comfortable to do, it also means that anyone who gets access to the system will benefit from the same thing. It is therefore only suggested if you protect your system by other means, for instance by fully encrypting all of its storage devices. This is for instance possible using TrueCrypt, or the equally excellent DiskCryptor.
If you want to configure automatic log ons on a Windows 8 PC, you need to do the following to do so:
If everything turned out alright, you should be logged in automatically without any user interaction or display of the lockscreen.
If things did not turn out right, go back to the Registry Editor and make sure everything is set up correctly.
Unless you run full disk encryption on your Windows 8 PC, it is usually not a good idea from a security point of view to configure automatic sign in to the system, as the password is exposed to all users who know where to look for it.
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