How to Log into Windows Without Using a Password

By James Rutter

Microsoft's Windows operating systems enable users to password protect access to their computers. This function allows the administrator of a computer or network to create multiple users for one machine and let each of them log on to access personal documents and individual programs. You can, however, switch off this function via Windows' "User Controls" or "User Accounts" function, after which you will no longer need to enter a password each time you log on to your computer. If you forget your password and need to log on, you enter Windows as an administrator.

Things You'll Need

  • Windows Installation Disc (optional)

Log into Windows XP or Earlier Windows OS without a Password

Step 1

Open the "Run" command prompt by clicking Start then highlighting and clicking "Run."

Step 2

Open the "User Controls" application window by typing "userpasswords2" (without the quotes) and then pressing the "Enter" key.

Step 3

Disable the password function for your username by clicking on your username (highlighting it) and then de-selecting the check box next to "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer."

Step 4

Enter your username and current password twice in the "Automatically Log On" box that appears, and then click "OK." Click "Apply" to change the settings, and then click "OK" to finish.

Log into Windows Vista or 7 without a Password

Step 1

Open the "User Accounts" by clicking the Windows icon in the lower left corner of your screen and then entering "netplwiz" (without the quotes) in the search box and pressing the "Enter" key.

Step 2

Disable the password function for your username by clicking on your username (highlighting it) and then de-selecting the check box next to "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer."

Step 3

Type your current password into the command prompt that appears and then click "OK."

Step 4

Click "Apply" to change the settings and then click "OK" to finish.

Log into Windows XP or Earlier Windows OS if You Forget Your Password

Step 1

Turn on your computer and wait for the welcome screen to load. The welcome screen will ask you to select a user.

Step 2

Enter the Windows Log On menu by pressing down the "CTRL," "Alt" and "Del" keys simultaneously twice.

Step 3

Enter "Administrator" (without the quotes) in the "User Name" text box and don't type in a password and press the "Enter" key.

Log On to Windows Vista or 7 if You Forget Your Password

Step 1

Put your Windows installation disc into your computer's CD/DVD drive and then turn on your computer.

Step 2

Enter the "Repair Your Computer" screen by selecting a language and then clicking the "Next" button and then clicking "Repair Your Computer."

Step 3

Open the "Command Prompt" by clicking on it in the "Repair Your Computer" screen and then type "net user" (without the quotes, and with your username in place of the phrase "user account"), then press the "Enter" key.

Step 4

Type in a new password and press the "Enter" key. Confirm the new password by entering it again and pressing the "Enter" key.

Step 5

Log on to Windows by entering your new password at the Windows Welcome Screen.