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Summary

Some users enable automatic login in Windows 10 so that they can skip the login screen. But setting a login password can secure your PC better. Especially when you have some important files or data on your PC, it would be better to disable automatic login. Then how to disable auto login in Windows 10?


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Solution #1: Add Password via Windows Settings

Note: This solution applies to those user accounts with no password. If your account was already created with a password, please refer to solution #2 to disable auto login.
Step 1: Press “Win”+ “I” key to go into “Windows Settings” and then click “Accounts”.
task manager not open Windows settings
Step 2: Click “Sign-in option”, click “Add” under “Password”. Then type new password and hint.
add password in Windows 10
Tips: If you want to change password, you just need to repeat the above steps and click “Change” under “Password” when you do Step 2.

Solution #2: Use “netplwiz” Command to Disable Auto Login in Windows 10

Note: This solution applies to those user accounts with password. If you did not create a password for the account, please refer to solution #1.
Step 1: Press “Win” + “R” key to open “Run” window and then type in: netplwiz.
enter netplwiz in run window
Step 2: When the “User Accounts” window pops up, please click the target user account and then check the checkbox of “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”.
Disable user account auto login
Step 3: Finally, click “Apply” and “OK”. You will be required to enter login password before signing in Windows next time.
Tips: If you want to enable auto login, you can repeat above steps. When you perform step 2, please click the target user account and then deselect the option “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”.

Solution #3: Use Registry Editor to Disable Auto Login in Windows 10

Step 1: Press “Win” + “R” key to open “Run” window and then type in: Regedit.
open registry editor by running regedit
Step 2: When the Registry Editor pops up, please navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon.
Windows 10 winlogon
Step 3: Please find out “AutoAdminLogon”, double click it and type “0” at Value data.
autoadminlogon
Step 4: Please find out “DefaultUserName”, double click it and type in the target user account that was enabled to login automatically.
defaultusername
Step 5: Next, find out “DefaultPassword”, double click it and empty its value data.
Step 6: After completing these steps, you will see password prompt in login screen next time.
Tips: If you want to enable auto login, please repeat above steps. When you perform step 3, you just need to double click “AutoAdminLogon” and change the value data from “0” to “1”.

Solution #4: Use Autologon Utility to Disable Auto Login in Windows 10

Step 1: Download Autologon utility from below website.
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/downloads/autologon
Step 2: Run Autologon utility, type in the target user account that was enabled auto login, click “Disable”.
Disable auto login with Winlogon utility
Tips: If you intend to enable auto login, you just need to enter the target account’s password and click “Enable”.