Automatic updates

How to update Windows 10 automatically without needing a password

Here's a time saver tip: allow Windows 10 use your sign in info to automatically finish installing updates more quickly.

Automatic Windows 10 update without needing a password

On Windows 10, updates are mandatory and almost always they require to restart your PC to complete the installation. The problem is that many times you’re also required enter your password to sign in to finish installing an update, which can be an inconvenient extra step.

However, the operating system now includes a new option to skip the need of having to enter a password every time an update needs to restart and sign back into your account to finish an installation.

In this guide, you’ll quickly learn the steps to allow Windows 10 use your account credentials to sign in and finish setting up your device after an update automatically.

How to install Windows 10 update without using a password

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Update & security.

  3. Click on Windows Update.

  4. Click on the Advanced options link.

    Windows Update settings page
    Windows Update settings page
  5. Check the Use my sign in info to automatically finish setting up my device after an update option to complete the task.

    Quick tip: In this settings page, you can also check the “Give me updates for other Microsoft products when I update Windows” option to keep all your Microsoft software up to date too.

    Windows Update Advanced options
    Windows Update Advanced options

Once you enabled the option, Windows 10 will use your sign in information to create a special token that will be used to automatically sign in to your account, then after completing the installation the operating system will lock your PC to prevent unauthorized access.

Microsoft recommends to use this option with BitLocker turned on, but it’s not a requirement. Also, it’s worth pointing out that this option is available on Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Home, but it’s not available on computers joined to a domain or when email or work policies are applied to the device.