How to Remove Accounts Password in Windows 10 (and Why You Should)

Ben Stegner 27-03-2017

Passwords are mandatory when you create a website account, but you can use your computer without one. Maybe you don’t want to juggle another password in your memory or don’t have anyone else in your house who could gain access in your computer. If you already have a password on your user account in Windows 10, you can remove it in a few moments.


Note that this only works for local accounts. If you sign in using a Microsoft account, you can’t remove that password. You’ll have to convert your account to a local one How to Delete Your Microsoft Account & Create a Local Windows 10 Login Have privacy concerns about using a Microsoft Account in the cloud? Here's how to create a local Windows 10 login account instead. Read More or sign in with a new account. Alternatively, you can remove the password requirement on sign-in. This won’t change your Microsoft password, but will let you log in without entering it.

To do this, press WinKey + R to open the Run dialogue, then type Netplwiz. In the resulting window, click your account name and uncheck the box Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer. If you don’t want to type your long password every time but still need some security, a PIN is a great option PIN or Password? What's Safer to Use in Windows 10 What is a Windows 10 PIN? Here's what you need to know about Windows 10 PIN security for protecting your account. Read More .

If you’re using a local account, you can remove your password altogether. Open Settings and choose Accounts. Click Sign-in options on the left sidebar, and under Password, click the Change button. Type your current password for security, then leave all the fields for the new password blank. Hit the Finish button and your password is gone.

Removing a password makes logging into your computer more convenient, but it’s also a security risk. You shouldn’t let your computer go unprotected, especially if it’s a laptop that someone could steal. Need to reset your password before you remove it? Find out how to easily reset a Windows password 4 Simple Ways to Reset Your Windows Admin Password Locked out because you've forgotten your Windows administrator password? Follow these tips to get back in. Read More .

Do you keep a password on your Windows account? Let us know your reasons for removing one in the comments!


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Related topics: Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Soren Cicchini
    April 24, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    Did I miss the "and Why You Should" part of the article?

  2. Andreas N
    April 7, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Good review

  3. Douglas Wiegmann
    March 27, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    If you do this to an account with admin rights, you open your computer to being hacked.
    Most people do not think to set up a separate account for administering their home computer.
    So if they log in without a password any malware can just run without hindrance.
    This is VERY VERY irresponsible advice.

  4. Howard A Pearce
    March 27, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I had to switch my Microsoft account as that was refusing to log me in. Whether that needed an internet connection or something I don't know, but I switched to a local one and won't go back - at least until know why I couldn't log in with it all of a sudden.

    This seems to have occurred after upgrading my windows

    • Gene
      March 29, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      Yes I had the same problem. Thanks MS for making us upgrade immediately.