How to remove login password on Windows 10

You can remove your account password on Windows 10, whether you're using a Microsoft account or local account, and in this guide, you'll learn how to perform this task.

Windows 10 remove password
Windows 10 remove password
  • To remove the password on Windows 10, open “netplwiz,” select the account, clear “User must enter a user name and password to use this computer,” and apply the settings.
  • Alternatively, you can remove the password in a “Microsoft account” from Settings > Accounts > Your info and use the “Sign in with a local account instead” option.
  • In a “local account,” open Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options, select “Password,” click Change, and leave the password blank to remove it.

UPDATED 12/12/2023: On Windows 10, you can remove the login password in at least three ways, and in this guide, I’ll outline the steps to complete this process. Although using a password is always recommended to keep your computer and files safe and secure from malicious individuals, sometimes, depending on the situation, a password may add extra steps to the login process.

If you have a device without critical files, and security is not a concern, Windows 10 includes multiple ways to remove the account password through the legacy “User Accounts” settings, Settings app, or Command Prompt.

In this guide, I’ll teach you the steps to sign in automatically (or remove the login password) from a Windows 10 device, whether you use a local or Microsoft account. Use these instructions on Windows 11.

Warning: This is a friendly reminder that removing your account password will make the device vulnerable to unauthorized access locally and remotely.

Disable password login on Windows 10

If you use a Microsoft account, it is impossible to remove the password entirely because your credentials are connected to your online account. However, you can configure your computer to sign in automatically to mimic the experience without a password.

To remove the login with a password process on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Start on Windows 10.

  2. Search for netplwiz and click the top result to open legacy User Accounts settings.

  3. Select the account to remove the password under the “Users for this computer” section.

  4. Clear the “User must enter a user name and password to use this computer” option.

    netplwiz settings on Windows 10

  5. Click the Apply button.

  6. Confirm the Microsoft account information to sign in automatically and remove the login process.

    Automatic sign-in on Windows 10

  7. Click the OK button.

  8. Click the OK button again.

Once you complete the steps, the device will have a password, but it will sign in automatically on every restart. You will still have to provide a password if you connect remotely through Remote Desktop.

Remove password login on Windows 10

The following method allows you to remove the password entirely if you use a Microsoft account but have to switch to a local account.

To switch to a local account and remove the password on Windows 10, use these steps:

  1. Open Settings (Windows key + I).

  2. Click on Accounts.

  3. Click on Your info.

  4. Click the “Sign in with a local account instead” option.

    Sign in with a local account option

  5. Click the Next button.

  6. Confirm your current password.

  7. Click the Next button.

  8. Create a username for the account.

  9. Leave the“New password” and “Confirm password” fields blank to remove the password entirely.

    Remove password from Windows 10

  10. Click the Next button.

  11. Click the “Sign out and finish” button.

  12. Sign back into your Windows 10 account.

  13. Open Settings.

  14. Click on Accounts.

  15. Click on Sign-in options.

  16. Select the Password option under the “Manage how you sign in to your device” section.

  17. Click the Change button.

    Remove password from local account

  18. Confirm your current account password.

  19. Click the Next button.

  20. Leave the “New password” and “Confirm password” fields blank to remove the password entirely on Windows 10.

    Windows 10 remove password local account

  21. Click the Next button.

  22. Click the Finish button.

Once you complete the steps, the configuration will apply to remove the login password on your Windows 10 account.

Switching to faster and more secure authentication methods is best when you want to remove a password because it is inconvenient. For example, you could create a PIN or set up a fingerprint reader that only requires a simple finger swipe.

Remove login password from Command Prompt

To remove the password on Windows 11 with Command Prompt, use these steps:

  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for Command Prompt, right-click the top result, and select the Run as administrator option.

  3. Type the following command to view all the accounts and press Enter:

    net user
  4. Type the following command to change the account password and press Enter:

    net user USERNAME *

    In the command, change “USERNAME” with the standard or administrator account name you want to update.

    Command Prompt change account password

  5. Press Enter twice to remove the password.

After you complete the steps, the account will no longer include a password to sign in to Windows 10. If you need to set a new password, you can use the same steps, but in step 5, specify a new password.

You can only remove a password with Command Prompt for a local account. If you have a Microsoft account, use the online settings or the option available through the “Accounts” settings page (see above).

Update December 12, 2023: This guide has been updated to ensure accuracy and reflect changes to the process.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows How-To Expert who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He has also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 14 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows and software, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and Email him at [email protected].