One of the most useful Windows 10 security features is keeping your computer locked up at startup and when waking up from sleep or standby mode. You need to enter the correct password for a given user account to unlock the computer. This helps keeping your data and system safe from unauthorized access. Though the password is critical for security purposes, it may seem a bit of an inconvenience. Especially if you are the only person using the computer at home or in another secure setup. Fortunately, you can simply disable wakeup password in Windows PC. If you are looking for completely disabling login password for local admin or Microsoft account login then check out this article.
Disable Login and Wakeup Password in Windows 10
In this article, we will take a look at several methods of disabling Windows 10 lock screen password prompt.
- From Windows 10 Settings app
- Using Group Policy Editor
- From Command Prompt
Learn more on how to reset Windows 10 local administrator password.
1. Using Settings to Bypass Password Prompt when Resuming Windows 10
- Go to the Start Menu located at the bottom-left corner of your display and click “Settings” (the gear icon) to open the settings app.
- Click on “Accounts” settings option from the app.
- On the left panel, click “Sign-in options”. Click the box under the title “Require Sign-in” and select “Never” from the options.
- Windows 10 will resume from sleep without asking for PIN or password.
2. Disable Lock Screen Password Prompt using Group Policy Editor
- Open the Run command by pressing “Win + R key command” and then type “gpedit.msc” and click the “OK” button.
- The “Local Group Policy Editor” window will open.
- Under the “Computer Configuration” category, go to “Administrative Templates” followed by “System” and then “Power Management” folder.
- Double-click to open the “Sleep Settings” and look for “Require a password when a computer wakes…” policy. You will find two policies one for when “Plugged in” and another for “on battery” options.
- Double-click the first policy for plugged-in option. Check the “Disabled” radio button to disable the policy. Click “Apply” and then “OK” buttons at the bottom of the settings wizard.
- Repeat the same to disable password for “on battery” option when the computer is running on battery and exit the “Group Policy Editor”.
- This allows the user to log in without a password whether the computer is plugged-in to a power source or using the battery.
Note: You can enable password by going through the same process to edit the policy and select “Not Configured”.
3. Disable Lock Screen Password Prompt Using Command Prompt
In Windows 10 Home edition, the option (2) above is not available but you can use the Command Prompt instead.
- Search for “Command Prompt” from the Cortana and from the results click “Run as administrator” on the right pane.
- Type the following command to bypass sign-in for plugged in option and enter:
powercfg /SETACVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT SUB_NONE CONSOLELOCK 0
- Type the following command and hit enter key to bypass sign-in for on battery option
powercfg /SETDCVALUEINDEX SCHEME_CURRENT SUB_NONE CONSOLELOCK 0
- To undo the settings, but replace the “0” at the end of the commands with “1”.
Note: “AC” in the first command specifies when the PC is running on alternating current (plugged-in to a power source) while “DC” in the second command specifies when the PC is running on direct current (battery-powered).
It is important to have a password for your Windows 10 PC to prevent unauthorized access. This is one of the most effective security features, especially if you are handling sensitive data or you need to maintain your privacy. However, entering the sign-in password every time for waking your computer can be unnecessary and slow. You can use one of the above methods to disable wakeup password in Windows PC.