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How To Remove Password From Windows 11

Three ways to sidestep Windows 11’s password sign-in requirement.

Reviewed By: Kevin Pocock

Last Updated on June 14, 2023
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While we’d strongly recommend always safeguarding Windows 11 with a password for security reasons, we’ll lay out the steps required to remove the Windows 11 login password below. As long as you know the current password, the process isn’t complicated at all and should take no longer than a few minutes at most to complete.

Do note that once removed, anyone can physically walk up to your PC and gain full access to all the files and private information stored there.

As such, we can only recommend this for desktop systems located permanently in a trusted, safe space such as a home office and not for laptops lugged around and used in public areas.

How To Remove Password From Windows 11

Note that these steps cover removing the password for a local account on Windows 11 and not a Microsoft Account.

Unfortunately, logging in with a Microsoft Account requires a password, and there is simply no way to circumvent this obligation, although you can, of course, amend the password if needed.

Step

1

Access Windows 11 Settings

There are several ways to do this:

  • Hit the Windows key or click the Start Menu icon, then select the ‘Settings’ cogwheel from the pinned shortcuts.
  • Tap the ‘Search’ icon in the taskbar (represented by a large magnifying glass).
  • Then type Settings in the field.
  • Then click on the first ‘Best Match’ result of the same name.

Step

2

Settings window

In the Settings window, click on Accounts.

Step

3

Accounts

In Accounts, locate the options list on the left-hand side of the window and click on Sign-in options.

Step

4

Sign-in options

In Sign-in options, click on Password. Click on Change.

A new window will pop up, prompting you to confirm your current password. Enter your password and click Next.

Step

5

Confirming password

You’ll have the option to change your password by filling in three fields. Leave all three blank and click on Next.

Click Finish. Next time you shut down/restart and boot up Windows, click on Sign in to log in to Windows 11 without having to enter a password.

How To Remove Password From Windows 11 In Command Prompt

Another route to removing a Windows 11 password is by using Command Prompt (CMD).

However, the above method is arguably just as quick and easier to navigate for those uncomfortable with CMD.

Step

1

Open Command Prompt

Open Command Prompt by clicking on the Search icon in the taskbar (magnifying glass).

Step

2

Type Command Prompt

Type Command Prompt into the search field, then select the ‘Best Match’ result ‘Command Prompt.’

Step

3

Enter Net Username

In Command Prompt, enter – net user “username”– replacing ‘username’ with your Windows 11 account name.

Hit Enter. Next time you shut down/restart and boot up Windows, click on Sign in to log in to Windows 11 without having to enter a password.

How To Turn On Automatic Sign In On Windows 11

As above, Windows 11 prevents users from removing the password requirement when using a Microsoft Account, but there’s a way to turn on automatic sign-in, thus sidestepping the need to enter the password every time you sign in.

The same steps work for local accounts, too.

Step

1

Search icon

Click on the ‘Search’ icon in the taskbar (represented by a large magnifying glass).

Type Run in the search field, then click on the first ‘Best Match’ result of the same name.

Alternatively, press Win+R to open Run.

Step

2

Run box

In the Run box, enter netplwiz and hit Enter on your keyboard to open the User Accounts window.

Step

3

User Accounts

In User Accounts, select your username in the list of options. Uncheck the ‘Users must enter a username and password to use this computer’ box.

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4

Apply

Click Apply, then confirm your password in the dialog box that pops up.

Click Ok, then Ok again.

Step

5

Navigate to Windows 11 Settings

There are several ways to do this:

  • Hit the Windows key or click the Start Menu icon, then select the ‘Settings’ cogwheel from the pinned shortcuts.
  • Tap the ‘Search’ icon in the taskbar (represented by a large magnifying glass), then type Settings in the field, then click on the first ‘Best Match’ result of the same name.

Step

6

Settings window

In the Settings window, click on Accounts.

In Accounts, locate the options list on the left-hand side of the window and click on Sign-in options.

In Sign-in options, scroll down to Require sign-in, and in the drop-down menu, select Never. Doing so ensures Windows 11 won’t require you to enter your password when the PC wakes up from sleep.

 

Summary

These three ways to remove the sign-in password or at least turn on automatic sign-in on Windows 11 should set you up nicely for when a password isn’t required. Once again, we can’t recommend removing the password requirement, but understand that specific circumstances do warrant it.

Any questions or concerns? Don’t hesitate to send us a message via the comments section below, and be sure to check out our other Windows 11 guides covering all the most important how-tos in the new operating system.

Kevin is the Editor of PC Guide. He has a broad interest and enthusiasm for consumer electronics, PCs and all things consumer tech - and more than 15 years experience in tech journalism.