How to sign-in to Windows 11 automatically

Martin Brinkmann
Oct 10, 2021
Windows 11 Help

Some Windows users prefer to sign-in to the Windows operating system automatically. While not advised on multi-user systems or systems with confidential files, the automatic login into Windows can speed up the start of the operating system.

Windows 11 users can configure the operating system to sign them in automatically into an account. A good setup combines automatic sign-ins to Windows 11 with full disk encryption, e.g. using the open source disk encryption tool VeraCrypt. The disk encryption protects the data on the device, but the login is still significantly faster.

Configure Windows 11 to sign-in automatically

windows 11 account sign-in turn off windows hello

Automatic sign-ins work best with local accounts. It is highly recommended to use a local account on Windows 11.  Automatic sign-ins to Windows 11 work only if Windows Hello is not enabled. Two-factor authentication, e.g. by using Microsoft's Authenticator application, may also cause issues. You can add new local user accounts under Settings > Accounts > Family & Other users > Add account.

. If you sign-in using a PIN or by using other authentication options powered by Windows Hello, you can't enable automatic sign-ins to Windows 11. In this case, it is necessary to disable Windows Hello functionality first. Windows 11 users who sign-in using a local account or by not using Windows Hello functionality can skip to the next section.

  1. Open the Settings application on the Windows 11 PC, e.g. with the shortcut Windows-I, or by selecting Start > Settings.
  2. Go to Accounts > Sign-in options.
  3. Disable "For improved security, only allow Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts in this device (Recommended)". It should read off once you have done so.
  4. Expand the current sign-in method under "Ways to sign in", and select the Remove option.

Tip: if Remove is grayed out under PIN, select the forgot PIN link that is displayed. You are asked to sign-in using the Microsoft account password and then set a new PIN. Instead of adding a new PIN, select Cancel on the dialog and close the window.

Now that this is out of the way, it is time to configure Windows 11 for automatic logins.

local windows 11 account automatic sign-in

  1. Use the shortcut Windows-R to open the run box of the system.
  2. Type netplwiz and hit Enter; this opens the User Account management page.
  3. Select the account that you want to sign-in automatically on the PC.
  4. Uncheck the box that says "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer".
  5. Select Apply and confirm the account password.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Restart the computer.

Windows 11 should sign you in to the selected account automatically from that moment on.

Now You: do you prefer local or Microsoft accounts?

How to sign-in to Windows 11 automatically
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  1. Hary said on October 25, 2021 at 7:34 am
  2. squiggly33 said on October 24, 2021 at 1:23 am

    HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\PasswordLess\Device
    changed value of “2” to “0” restored netplwiz checkbox for me

  3. Me said on October 10, 2021 at 10:48 am

    Done! Thanks.

  4. squiggly33 said on October 10, 2021 at 10:42 am

    This is exactly the solution I’ve been searching for. Sadly, my Hello sign-in option is grayed out and doesn’t allow me to turn it off.

    1. VioletMoon said on October 10, 2021 at 7:14 pm

      Another source posted days ago:

      Google the problem; all sorts of tutorials.

      For context menu issues:

      gHacks is missing a lot of items that some users find useful if they upgraded to Windows 11; instead they prefer writing about add-ons for Chrome.

      Their choice . . . but I wouldn’t consider the site much of a up-to-date resource for Windows 11.

      For me, just an opinion, the site is, for some reason, missing a lot of current, current, cutting edge Windows 11 news.

      Not usually like this.

      Whatever happened to the Linux coverage readers were promised?

      1. squiggly33 said on October 11, 2021 at 9:46 am

        None of the results I found on Google actually point to a solution, except to those using a pin. I’m running a clean install with local account and password; no pin.

      2. hugh said on October 12, 2021 at 5:04 am

        Same for me. greyed out hello entry.

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