How to remove the password from Windows 8: Eager to speed up access times to your personal account on Windows 8 , you decided to eliminate the request to enter the password when the computer is turned on and / or following the suspension of the same. However, if at this moment you find yourself reading this guide, it is most likely because you are having some problems in being able to understand what operations, exactly, you need to perform to succeed in the business.
If things are really this way, you don’t have to worry: I can explain how to do it. Take a few minutes of free time all for yourself, position yourself comfortably in front of your trusted PC and immediately begin to focus on reading this tutorial, entirely dedicated to the procedure to remove the password from Windows 8 . I can assure you that, contrary to appearances, the steps to be taken are very simple, even for those who – a bit like you – do not consider themselves exactly a “geek”.
Before explaining how to proceed, however, it seems necessary to point out that the practice in question is highly discouraged in terms of safety. By deactivating the request to enter the password when Windows starts, you risk putting your data in the hands of anyone who passes through your room, especially if you are not the only user of the computer and if multiple accounts have been created on Windows . Then don’t tell me I didn’t warn you!
Speed up access to Windows 8
Considering that, as I said at the beginning, going to eliminate the request to enter the password to access your user account on Windows 8, you will inevitably go to expose your computer to privacy-related risks.
Before explaining how to perform the operation in question, therefore, I would like to recommend some alternative protection systems that you can consider and which will allow you to speed up access to Windows 8 without removing the password .
I refer to the use of a graphic password (a password consisting of an image of your choice and some gestures to associate) or a numeric PIN (just like those that are usually used to unlock access to SIMs of mobile phones). To find out more, read on.
Are you interested in how to enable the use of the graphic password for your user account on Windows 8? Then first go to the Start Screen by clicking on the Start button (the one with the Windows flag ) on the taskbar and click on the tile with the gear , so as to access the Windows Settings section .
In the screen that is now shown to you, press the Account item on the left, select the Access options item (which is always on the left) and click the Add button , located under the Graphic password item .
Now enter the “classic” password currently set for your user account on Windows 8 in the appropriate field displayed and click on the OK button . Now, on the Select image button on the left, select an image saved on your computer that you want to use to configure the graphic password, click on the Open button and then on the Use this image button .
Then proceed by going to draw three movements on the image just selected. You can use any combination of circles, straight lines and touches. Try to memorize the extent, position and direction of the gestures as well as the order in which you perform them as they will become an integral part of your graphic password. Then, repeat the movements made before on the image and click on the Finish button that appears at the bottom left, to complete the configuration procedure.
At this point, you can start using the graphic password you have just created to access your user account on Windows 8. Keep in mind that you will be asked every time in place of the classic password.
Have you had second thoughts and want to get rid of the previously configured graphic password? No problem. To do this, go back to Windows 8 settings, as I have indicated a few lines further on, and click on the Account and Access Options items on the left, then press the Remove button located under the wording Graphic password . Done!
Are you not interested in the use of the graphic password and do you prefer to use a numeric PIN to access your account? Then first proceed to go to the Windows Start Screen , by clicking on the Start button (the one with the Windows flag ) on the taskbar and press on the tile with the gear , so as to access the Windows Settings section .
In the screen that is now shown to you, click on the Account item on the left, on the word Access Options (always on the left) and then click on the Add button located under the PIN entry .
Then type the password of your user account in the appropriate field that is shown on the screen and press the OK button , then type the PIN you want to use in the Enter PIN and Confirm PIN fields and click on the Finish button . Done!
From now on, instead of going to type the password, every time you want to access your user account on Windows 8 you just need to enter the newly configured PIN. It was easy, wasn’t it?
Clearly, should you have any second thoughts you can always and anyway cancel the use of the PIN by going again to the Account section of the Windows 8 settings, selecting the Access options item in the sidebar on the left and pressing the Remove button that you find next to the wording PIN .
Remove the password from Windows 8
If the solutions I have indicated in the previous lines do not interest you and you want, therefore, to find out how to get rid of the request to enter the password on Windows 8 in the true sense of the term, you can proceed first by deactivating the insertion of the itself after the system has been suspended or hibernated, following the instructions on what to do below.
If you then want to permanently “get rid” of the password, you can follow the specific procedure that you find below. If you are using a local account you can do it by acting from the Windows settings, while if you are using a Microsoft account you can do everything by going to the system section for user account management.
Disable the password
First we try to understand how to remove the password from Windows 8 after the suspension or hibernation of the system. To do this, go to the Start Screen by clicking on the Start button (the one with the Windows flag ) on the taskbar and press on the tile with the gear , so as to access the Windows settings.
In the screen that is shown to you, click on the Account item which is on the left and then on that Access options (which you can always find on the left), then press the Edit button located under the wording Password criteria and press the Change button to confirm and apply the changes.
If you have to think about it, you can enable the request to enter the password again by clicking on the Accounts and Access Options items in the Windows 8 settings, as seen together, and pressing the Change button that is under the Password criteria item .
Delete the password for the local account
If, on the other hand, you want to find out how to permanently delete the password and you are using a local user account on your Windows PC, always go to the Start Screen by clicking on the Start button (the one with the Windows flag ) on the taskbar and click on the tile Settings (the one with the gear symbol ).
In the displayed screen, press, in sequence, on the Account and Access Options items that you find on the left, then click on the Change button under the Password item located on the right, type the password currently configured for your account and press on the Next button that it is located at the bottom.
To conclude, leave the fields New password blank , Enter the password again and Password suggestion present in the new screen displayed and press the Next button located at the bottom, then click on the Finish button . Here it is!
If you have to think about it, you can re-enable the request to enter the password by always going to the Access Options section accessible after clicking on the Account item in the Windows settings, pressing the Add button under the word Password which is on the right and filling in the fields on the screen by entering twice the password you want to use and the relative suggestion to be displayed in case of forgetting. Then press the Next and Finish buttons to complete the configuration.
Delete the password for the Microsoft account
Starting with Windows 8, Microsoft has decided to integrate the use of Windows user accounts with all Microsoft online accounts, so as to always keep data and settings perfectly synchronized. Therefore, if you use a Microsoft user account on your PC, the procedure you need to put into practice to get rid of the password is different from that seen together in the previous step and provides access to the OS section relating to user account management. .
So, call the Run window using the keyboard shortcut Win + R , type the netplwiz command in the field provided on the screen and click the OK button attached to the window that you see on the desktop.
Once this is done, you will see the window for managing user accounts on Windows 8 open on the screen. Then select your user account from the list under the heading Users for the computer and remove the check mark from the box next to the item To use this computer, the user must enter the name and password . Then click on the Apply button located at the bottom.
Finally, type the password currently set for your account in the Password and Confirm password fields in the new window that opens on the desktop and then click the OK button twice in succession, so as to save the changes.
If you have to think about it, you can retrace your steps at any time by calling up the User Account window again by typing the netplwiz command in the Run window , selecting your account from the list under the heading Users for the computer and placing the check mark again on the box next to the item To use this computer, the user must enter the name and password . Finally click on Apply and OK to confirm the changes.
What to do in case of forgotten password
You no longer remember the password to access your account on your computer and would you therefore like to know if there is any system to circumvent the request to enter the latter and still access Windows 8? If the answer is yes, the best suggestion I can give you is to follow the instructions contained in my tutorial on how to pass the Windows password : you will find some suggested solutions that could prove useful for your purpose.
I recommend, however, put the indications in question only and exclusively on PC of your legitimate property or in any case on your personal accounts. Violating other users’ computers is a crime … but I don’t think I need to tell you!