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Disabling the Vista and 7 Startup Password

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 by | Filed Under: System Tune-Up Help

Carl from NJ asks:

Every time I go to log on to my Windows Vista (or 7) computer, I have to enter in my password. I was never really given a choice about that and I would like to remove it. Can you please tell me how to do that? Thanks!

I sure can! I had this same problem when I first started using my Windows 7 computer, so I know exactly where you’re coming from. Basically, when you first install Vista or 7 and start using it, you are required to enter in a password for your account. But after that, you’re not really given a choice to remove the password if you don’t want it. You’re just sort of stuck typing it in every time and that can get old rather quickly!

Now, if you’re not the only one who uses your computer, it’s sometimes nice to have a password. It is a good security feature and it helps to keep all of the different accounts separate from each other. But what if you’re the only one who ever uses your computer? In that case, I say you should be able to get rid of the password prompt if you want. Don’t you agree?! Well, you’re in luck, because that’s exactly what we’re going to cover today. It’s a very simple and fast procedure, so let’s take a look and see what we’ve got!

If you’d like to bypass the Windows Vista and 7 log on process and remove your password, just follow these steps:

1.) Go to Start, Control Panel.

2.) Click on the User Accounts and Family Safety link.

3.) Next, click on the User Accounts link.

4.) Under the “Make changes to your user account” section, click on the Remove Your Password link for your account.

5.) On the next screen that comes up, enter in your current password.

6.) Click on the Remove Password button to confirm everything.

7.) Close out of all the open windows and restart your computer. That will allow you to test the system to make sure your password really was removed.

That’s it! From now on, when you start up your Vista computer, you will be taken to your desktop automatically and you will no longer have to worry about a password. Isn’t that a great feeling?!

~ Erin

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