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One click disables Windows’ password protection
Reader Al Charters asks:
- “I’m the only one who uses my Windows 8 computer. Can I eliminate the sign-in password requirement? If so, please explain how.”
Sure, Al; it’s easy to do. And the following steps work with all current versions of Windows. Here’s how:
- Open an administrator-level command prompt. Perhaps the easiest way in Win8 is to press Win + X and then select Command Prompt (Admin) from the popup menu.
- When the command prompt window opens, type control userpasswords2 and press Enter.
- A User Accounts dialog box, shown in Figure 1, will open. Uncheck the box marked Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer and click OK.
- A confirmation dialog box will open. Select the default admin-level account (if there is more than one account) and then enter the account’s password in the indicated locations.
That’s all it takes!