When you open the User Accounts dialog by running
control userpasswords2 or
netplwiz.exe in order to configure automatic login to your user account, the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer option may be missing in that dialog.
As a result, you’re unable to configure auto-login to your user account. Note that this issue is seen only if there is a Microsoft account configured in the computer. This post tells you how to bring the option checkbox back in Windows 10.
The “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” option may be hidden/missing if the “only allow Windows Hello sign-in” option is enabled in Settings. Windows Hello is a more personal, more secure way to get instant access to your Windows 10 devices using fingerprint, facial recognition, or a secure PIN.
The Windows Hello setting was turned on automatically during the clean installation of Windows 10 2004 on some computers with Windows Hello compatible devices. This led to the rumor that Microsoft has discontinued the auto-login feature altogether. This, of course, is not true.
If you want to configure auto-login, then you need to disable the “only allow Windows Hello sign-in” option using the following steps:
- Click Start, Settings, and click Accounts.
- Click on Sign-in options
- Turn off the radio button under the Require Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts section.
The description “For improved security, only allow Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts on this device (Recommended)” is self-explanatory.NOTE: The Require Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts option would be missing if no Microsoft accounts are configured on the computer.
Also, in that case, the actual “user accounts” dialog issue wouldn’t arise if there are only Local accounts on the computer.
Alternately, you can disable the Require Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts option using the registry. This can be helpful if you want to automate the setting using a .reg file in multiple computers.
0means Require Windows Hello sign-in is disabled
2means Require Windows Hello sign-in is enabled
DevicePasswordLessBuildVersionor setting it to
0would enable the “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” checkbox.
- After disabling the above setting, close and reopen the User Accounts dialog by running
The “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” checkbox is now restored.
Autologon utility from Microsoft
If the above methods don’t bring back the “Users must enter a user name…” option, as a workaround, may use the Autologon utility from Windows Sysinternals to configure the automatic login.
Autologon enables you to easily configure Windows’ built-in auto-login mechanism.
Launch autologon.exe, fill in the username and password for the account you want to enable automatic login. Then click on the Enable button.
This utility stores the credentials of the specified user in an encrypted form in the Registry.
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