While security should be important for most users, some users would like to be able to remove the password from Windows 8 logon. Since Windows 8 is integrated with a Microsoft account that retains settings and Windows App Store purchases it automatically prompts you for your password when you restart or wake your computer from sleep.

For some users this may be cumbersome, and removing the setting isn’t as straight forward as one might think. Removing the password can be a handy time saver for people who continually have to login for various reason. It is also handy if you have friends, family or coworkers who are young, elderly or disabled who have trouble typing passwords in repeatedly. If you’d like to remove the need for your password on your Windows 8 PC or Microsoft Surface, follow the few steps below.

NOTE: It is strongly recommended that you only disable the password requirement for your  Windows 8 PC or Microsoft Surface if it is in a secure environment, such as your home or office. If you disable the password requirement anyone who has access to your computer will be able to access your data. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

1. Navigate to the search Charm in the upper-right hand corner of the screen.

2. Type netplwiz in to the search box with the Apps category selected and open the app.


3. Un-check the Users must enter… check box at the top of the User Accounts window for the desired user account and hit Apply.


4. In the Automatically sign in box confirm your current username and password and hit OK.


5. Restart your computer for it to take effect.

There you have it, your Windows 8 PC should now automatically sign you in. This should allow you to wake your PC up from sleep mode or the screensaver, and start it up without having to enter your account password… saving you tens of seconds per day.