How To Disable The Windows 10 Password

Dear Computer Lady,

I’ve been a subscriber to your news letter for several years and this is the first time I’ve had to contact you. I use Windows 10 home on my HP laptop. Out of the blue, I suddenly need to use a password to log onto my computer. I didn’t remember even setting up a password so it took some doing to find out what it was.

Now I can’t figure out how to disable it and I have no reason to use a password. I tried looking it up online but nothing I found worked.

Can you please tell me how to disable it?

Thank you so much! Karin

Dear Karin,

There is a way to sign into Windows 10 without a password, but only if you are using a local account, not a Microsoft account to sign in.

Here is how to check if you are using a Local account or a Microsoft Account:

1. Click on the “Start” button or tap the windows logo key on your keyboard.

2. Click on the “Settings” gear in the start menu.

3. Click on “Accounts” in the settings window.

4. You will see information about your account in the account settings window. If it says, “Manage my Microsoft Account” you are using a microsoft account instead of a local account

5. If you want to switch to a local account, there is a link there that says, “Sign in with a local account instead”

If you want to switch to a local account, follow the directions above, and click on “Sign in with a local account instead”.

You will need to verify your current password, so type it in and click “Next”.

Type in a user name and password (if desired) then click “Next”.

Click the button that says, “Sign out and finish” then wait while Windows 10 creates the local account.

Windows 10 will restart.

If you did not create a password for your new, local account, you can simply tap the “Enter” key on your keyboard to log in.

If you are already using a local account and you want to disable the password, follow these directions:

1. Click on the “Start” button or tap the windows logo key on your keyboard.

2. Click on the “Settings” gear in the start menu.

3. Click on “Accounts” in the settings window.

4. Click “Sign-in options in the left hand menu.

5. Click the “Change” button under the “Password” heading in the right column.

6. Type your current password and click the “Next” button

7. Leave the new password section blank and click “Next” and then “Finish”

Once you have completed these steps you will be able to sign into windows 10 by pressing the enter key.

Elizabeth

 

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