How to boot directly to desktop on Windows 10
Windows 10 has some screens that prevent you from going directly to the desktop when booting. First, you need to remove the lock screen and then login. We’ll show you how to streamline the process.
The Windows 10 lock screen is like the lock screen on a phone. This does not serve any purpose other than an additional barrier before the login screen. Login screen Is Important, but you may not need it. To boot directly to the desktop, we will disable both of these screens.
Related: How to create a desktop shortcut to lock your Windows 10 PC.
How to Disable Lock Screen on Windows 10
To remove the lock screen on Windows 10, you first need to know which version you have. You can easily see if you have Windows 10 Home or Pro in the “About your computer” menu. This will determine which method you use.
Windows 10 Home users will use the Registry Editor to remove the lock screen, while Windows 10 Pro users will edit the “Group Policy”. Both processes require several steps, but they are easy to follow. Here’s how to permanently hide the lock screen on Windows 10.
How to Disable Login Screen on Windows 10
Windows 10 has an easy way to turn off the sign-in screen, but it only applies to waking the PC from sleep. You will still need to sign in with a fresh boot. This is a good option if you usually only keep your computer to sleep. Go to Settings> Accounts> Sign in options on your computer. Select “Never” to sign in.
To completely disable the login screen – including the latest boot – we will need to do a little more work.
Warning: We recommend that you do not automatically sign in to your Windows PC. This process is not very secure, and involves securing your Windows password so that other applications can peek into it. However, if you understand the trade and still want to move on, we’ll show you how to do it.
First, press the Windows + R keyboard shortcut to open the “Run” box. Type “netplwiz” and press enter.
We are now looking at the “User Accounts” menu. Select your account and check the box for “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer,” then click “Apply.”
Here’s where things can get a little tricky. If you are using “Windows Hello” to sign in, such as a fingerprint or PIN, it will not be a checkbox. The user accounts menu will look like this:
If you really want to get rid of the login screen, you must first disable Windows Hello. You can do this on Settings> Accounts> Sign In Options. Toggle off “Windows Hello sign in is required for Microsoft accounts.”
You will now be able to uncheck the box as shown above. After clicking “Apply”, you will be asked to enter your password and click “OK”.
Click “OK” to close the User Accounts menu.
That’s all! Your Windows 10 PC will now automatically sign in when you boot it. Since we’ve also removed the lock screen, this means you’ll boot right into the desktop. Don’t waste any more time.
Related: An easy way to create desktop shortcuts on Windows 10.