Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    West Midlands, UK
    Posts
    241
    Thanks
    244
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts

    removing bootup password

    I have been given a windows 7 netbook which needs a password to open (which I have) - as I shall be the only one using the device I want to remove the need for a password so it opens straight away. I have found various options for passwords, including "remove" - if I select that will it do the trick or do I land myself in trouble.

  2. #2
    Super Moderator RetiredGeek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Location
    Manning, South Carolina
    Posts
    9,559
    Thanks
    384
    Thanked 1,480 Times in 1,346 Posts
    Mike,

    You should accomplish this in User Accounts. Just change the password to nothing (not blanks, type nothing in the new password & confirmation boxes). If you want some security you could create a new Admin level account before deleting the password then if you get into trouble you can use this account to fix things. Once things are running ok just delete the new Admin account. HTH

    Update: here are some other methods.
    May the Forces of good computing be with you!

    RG

    PowerShell & VBA Rule!

    My Systems: Desktop Specs
    Laptop Specs

  3. The Following User Says Thank You to RetiredGeek For This Useful Post:

    mike21 (2013-05-18)

  4. #3
    Administrator
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Portugal
    Posts
    12,546
    Thanks
    152
    Thanked 1,400 Times in 1,222 Posts
    If you plan to add the the computer to a network and share files or printers, I suggest you do not remove the password. Use something like SysInternals AutoLogon, which will log to the single account automatically, after boot.
    Rui
    -------
    R4

  5. The Following User Says Thank You to ruirib For This Useful Post:

    mike21 (2013-05-18)

  6. #4
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    West Midlands, UK
    Posts
    241
    Thanks
    244
    Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
    Thanks for your replies - I can now act with confidence that I shall not make the computer inaccessible.

  7. #5
    5 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    S.F. Bay Area, California, USA
    Posts
    754
    Thanks
    16
    Thanked 81 Times in 79 Posts
    Mike,

    I agree with the suggestion NOT to go without a password; it's also necessary for various Windows Scheduler tasks. Just change the password to whatever yiu like (It MAY be nedessary to re-enter it if logging off & on in the future), and use the Autologon, above.

    Zig

  8. #6
    5 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Pittsford,NY
    Posts
    890
    Thanks
    531
    Thanked 35 Times in 27 Posts
    FWIW, I use Autologon for when I'm home using my desktop. If I'm going to be away from my desktop for the day, I use the "disable" setting. That way I have convenience when I'm actively using my system; and one more level of security when I'm away. THat's one argument, I guess, for keeping a logon password, and also being able to toggle it on and off.
    Dick

  9. #7
    Super Moderator jwitalka's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    6,859
    Thanks
    119
    Thanked 811 Times in 726 Posts
    For or desktop, that should be fine. Just don't rely on a windows password when you travel with a laptop. Its trivial to reset.

    Jerry

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •