How Do I Turn Off the Windows Password?

By Benjamin Aries

The odds are good that you're not an international spy or security expert with secrets to protect. While the password on your Windows computer offers a basic level of security, you may not need it for everyday use. When you only use your computer in a safe location, such as your home, and prefer to turn off the password prompt, there are two ways to proceed. If you use a Web-based Microsoft account to log in to your device, you must change the settings to use a local computer account. On a computer that already uses a local account, you can simply set a blank password. A password-free computer saves time when you want to log in, and is one less thing you have to remember. That's a convenience even non-spies can appreciate.

Using a Microsoft Account to Log In

Step 1

Swipe in from the right edge of your computer screen to reveal the Windows 8.1 Charms bar. Alternately, use the "Windows-C" keyboard shortcut to show this menu. Choose "Settings," and then select "Change PC Settings."

Step 2

Click "Accounts" and then "Your Account." Information about your computer account appears. An email address under your name indicates that you are using a Microsoft account. If the words "Local Account" appear instead of an email address, you are already using a local computer account and can skip to the next section.

Step 3

Choose "Disconnect." Enter your current account password, and click "Next." Enter the username that you want to use for the local account. Leave the "Password," "Reenter Password" and "Password hint" fields blank, then click "Next."

Step 4

Click "Sign Out and Finish" to confirm that you want to switch to a local account. Since you did not enter a password for your local account, Windows no longer prompts you for a password when you turn on the computer.

Using a Local Account to Log In

Step 1

Swipe in from the right edge of your computer screen to reveal the Charms bar. If you have a keyboard, you can also use the "Windows-C" keyboard shortcut to show this menu, then click "Search."

Step 2

Type "sign" in the search area and then select "Sign-In Options." Locate the "Password" section, and choose "Change."

Step 3

Enter your current local user password. When you are prompted for a new password, leave the field blank. Keep the "Reenter Password" and "Password Hint" areas blank, and click "Next."

Step 4

Click "Finish" to confirm the password change. The blank fields mean that Windows will not prompt you for a password when you turn on your computer.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can enable a short PIN or Picture Password if you want to keep your computer secure, but don't like traditional passwords. Search for "PC Settings" and then locate the "Users" section. Click "Add" under the "Picture Password" area, or "Add" under the PIN section to enable these sign in options.
  • Microsoft recommends using a password to keep your computer secure, even though it is not required. Passwords, PINs, and Picture Passwords help keep unauthorized users from accessing your computer.
  • Information in this article applies to Windows 8.1. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.