Whenever I set up a new Windows PC at home I configure it to sign in to an account automatically.
This bypasses the user selection screen and the need to enter the account password during sign in on the computer.
While that is great if you are the only user of the system or have other means of protection such as full disk encryption in place, it means that anyone with access to the PC can sign in to the selected account as well.
This makes it impracticable on multi-user systems as every user will be signed in to the one account when the PC is booted. Note that others will have access to your personal files, programs and other information if they can access the PC locally.
Windows 10 uses the same mechanics as previous versions of the Windows operating system to select an account for automatic login.
The method works for local and remote Microsoft Accounts just like it did in Windows 8.
Here is what you need to do:
If things go well, you should be logged in automatically from now on. Windows 10 will boot to the desktop or Start Screen depending on the computer you are using and how it is configured.
You can undo the change at any time by repeating the steps outlined above. Just check the box "Users must enter ..." again to block the automatic login.Advertisement
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