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Sometimes an application adds a local account that is also shown in the Windows welcome screen or suddenly makes windows asking you to select an account by presenting you the welcome screen you haven’t had before. To restore the auto logon feature, you can read a previous post here. It is however possible to suppress an account appearing on the welcome screen.

  1. Start the Registry Editor
  2. Go to:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\SpecialAccounts\UserList
  3. Right-click an empty space in the right pane and select New –> DWORD Value
  4. Name the new value exactly as the Username
  5. Leave the Value data as 0
  6. Close the registry editorIf you want to enable this user again on the Welcome Screen, either double-click the Username value, and change the Value data to 1, or delete the Username

The reason your computer is asking for a password is not to annoy you, but to secure your computer and your data. So using a blank password is a very BAD practice to login to your computer. If you are the only user of your computer and don’t want to enter your password every time you booting up your PC, you can consider to make your computer automatically logging in. Your resources are still protected with a password, but you don’t have to enter it. Be aware that everybody who has physically access to the computer, can access your resources with your account.

  1. If you use Windows 7 or 8, start netplwiz. All other Windows versions start control userpasswords2.
  2. The following Window pops up:

    Uncheck the option ‘Users must enter a username and password to use this computer’ and press the OK-button.
  3. A second windows pops over the first one:

    Enter an existing local user account name and accompanying password and confirm that password in the last field. Press the OK-button to persist the changes. Both poped up windows will be closed.
  4. The next time you boot your computer it will logon for you without entering your password.