It is common knowledge that Windows PC’s boot times are substantially higher than their OS X-based counterparts. There have even been entire programs created to speed up the boot process. But programs are not what I am writing about today. Today, I only wish to share a wonderful tweak that can shave a handful of seconds off the time between pressing the power button and actually getting some work done.
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The tweak bypasses the login screen at startup that has previously been an unavoidable part of Windows. If you are only using your computer for personal use in your home, there is really no need for password protection, and it only serves as yet another stop on the long road to your desktop. Keep on reading to see how to remove that pesky login screen with just 3 quick steps.
Removing the Login Screen
Note: The following tweak will work on Windows 7, Vista, and XP.
Step 1: You will need to make your way into the Advanced User Accounts section of the Control Panel in order to enable the automatic login feature. To do this, just type netplwiz into the search box of your start menu. Hit enter and the following screen will pop up.
Step 2: As shown above, uncheck the box next to “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer” and click on Apply.
Step 3: A window (shown below) will then pop up requesting your current username and password. Fill it in with the appropriate information and hit OK.
Voila! You are done, you survived, you did it. Congratulations! Now watch in awe as your computer skips the login screen during your next startup.
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