How to remove your Windows 10 password

IDG.TV | Jul 7, 2016

Windows 10 wants you to enter your password all the time. You can remove your password, or reduce how often you have to enter one, but there are security risks to doing so.

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I know entering passwords is a pain, and Windows 10 makes you do it all the time. I’ll show you the alternatives, but they aren’t that safe.

To be fair to Windows 10, it does give you options including face or fingerprint recognition, and you can watch my videos on making a picture password and a PIN.

But if your PC is very safe--say it’s locked up in your office all the time--then you could conceivably get away with something easier. Here are three options.

The first two options are actually power adjustment settings. Hit the Start key and go to Settings, and select System. Under System, choose “Power & sleep.”

Right here, you can choose when your screen shuts off and when your PC goes to sleep. You can simply tell your PC never to go to sleep, and you’ll never have to wake it up with your password. Two problems here, though: One, it means anyone can walk up and start using your PC, and two, you’re going to use a lot more electricity.

Here’s another option from this screen. Scroll down to the bottom and hit the link for “Additional power settings.”

Now we’re in a Control panel dialog. Mouse over this link to “Require a password on wakeup.” Click that, and in the next dialog box mouse down to “Password protection on wakeup.”

The default is to require a password when your PC wakes up. This is for a good reason, so if you walk away from your PC and it goes to sleep, someone can’t come along and just start using it.

This option is so risky, Windows 10 doesn’t even make it easy--you may have to click this line above that says “Change settings that are currently unavailable.” But do that if you need to--I do--and now you can click that radio button that says “Don’t require a password.”

The third option is to watch my video on setting up a local user account on Windows 10 with no password. But that isolates your PC from your Windows account and other conveniences. At that point you’re really giving up a lot.

It’s risky to do without passwords, but if you have other security tips, email them to us at answer@pcworld.com.