How to Bypass Windows 8 Login Screen on Start Up

When Windows 7 was launched, Microsoft publicized how the operating system could take you to your desktop in a matter of minutes compared to previous operating systems making it far more productive than Windows Vista and Windows XP. All the good work that was done in Windows 7 was completely undone with the launch of Windows 8. No wonder then, that Windows 8 received a lukewarm response when it was launched. The trouble with Windows 8 is that users still need to get to the desktop to start their tasks, (the Metro UI only partially serves the purpose) and to get to the desktop, you need to get past the lock screen, and the log in screen, both of which are redundant time wasting activities. Clearly, you don’t want to begin your day with an exasperated sigh everyday! In my previous post, I showed you how to disable the Windows lock screen. In this post, we’ll take a look at how to bypass Windows 8 login screen, so that you can get to where you’re going in a single click.

How to Bypass Windows 8 Login Screen

1. On the Start screen, type Run to display the Run window. Alternatively press Windows +R.

2. In the Open text box, type netplwiz and press OK. This will open up the User Accounts dialog box.

3. In the dialog box, you’ll see a list of user accounts created on your PC. Select the account with which you want to automatically login.

4. Uncheck the check-box that says Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer and click OK.

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5. Enter your password twice to confirm the changes.

6. Restart Windows 8.

Now, if you have multiple users accounts, or for any other reason this does not work, here’s something else you can do to bypass Windows 8 Log in.

Alternate Option to Bypass Windows 8 Login Screen

1. Head over to the Control Panel and select Hardware and Sound.

2. In the Power Options section, click Require a password when the  computer wakes.

Windows 8 Power Options

3. In the next screen, click Change settings that are currently unavailable.

bypass windows 8 login screen using power settings

4. Scroll down the page and in the Password protection on wake up section, select Don’t require a password.

5. Click Save changes.

Windows 8 password protection

The next time you log on to Windows 8, you won’t see the Windows 8 password screen and you can get right started with your tasks from your Metro UI.

I hope you found this tutorial useful to dismiss the Windows 8 log on screen.

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  • Updated December 26, 2015
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