One of the (several) things that people don’t like about Windows 8 is that it seems to force you to have a user account with a password just to log into your own computer. Many home users don’t even want to bother with a Windows password because security is not really considered an issue. Even in the workplace, a Windows password doesn’t block someone who is a little “tech savvy”. I can get past a Windows password in about 2 minutes.
When you first set up a Windows 7 computer, this process is fairly easy and intuitive. You just leave the password field blank, and that tells the computer you don’t want to use a password to log into Windows.
Windows 8 does not use that same process. When you are setting up a Windows 8 computer, it tends to push you in the direction of thinking you need a Microsoft account (such as “email@example.com”) and there has to be a password associated with that. So most people just proceed that way, and then they find out that the next time they restart the computer, they have to use that password to log back in.
And they don’t provide any obvious way to get rid of that password either. In Windows 7, you just go to Control Panel – User Accounts and you can make changes to your user profile – including eliminating the need for the login password. In Windows 8, you usually end up at a screen called “Change your Microsoft account password” – and it doesn’t let you leave it blank. So you can only change it, not get rid of it.
Here’s how you delete the password requirement for logging into Windows 8:
1. Move your cursor to the top right corner of the screen to make the “Charms Bar” (I think that is such a stupid name) appear. Then click on the search icon and type: netplwiz
2. That will bring up a User Accounts window:
3. Find the name of the profile you want to “un-password” and click once to highlight it. Then just uncheck the box above it that says “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”.
4. Click OK
Now restart the computer and you should see it just go straight to the desktop, without asking you for any password.
Incidentally, you can do this with Windows 7 and Vista also. Just click the Start button (or hold down the Windows key and hit the R key) and type netplwiz in the field where the cursor is flashing, and hit Enter.