You can bypass the Windows 8 password screen by editing the User Account requirements. Generally speaking, you should always have a password to login to Windows–especially if your PC is accessible by others or if you have a laptop that could become lost or stolen. But Windows 8 created a new level of annoyance by adding a lock screen you need to swipe away prior to getting to the actual login screen. Removing the password for an account will essentially remove both the lock screen and the login screen.
Giving someone instant access to your PC and all of its valuable contents–your pictures, documents, tax records is risky. You should audit the contents of your computer if you’re planning to do this and ask yourself if there anything on here I don’t want someone to see? If the answer is no, use the following steps to remove the Windows 8 password for your account.
Disable The Windows 8 Password Requirement
To disable the Windows 8 password requirement for any user, you must do the following:
1. Press Windows Key+X.
2. Click Command Prompt.
3. At the Command Prompt, type control userpasswords2 and hit enter.
4. In the User Accounts Window that appears, click the username you want to disable the password screen.
5. Uncheck the box that says Users must enter a username and password to use this computer.
6. Click OK.
7. You will be asked to confirm by entering your password. Enter your password and hit OK.
8. Reboot your computer.
Your computer should boot directly into Windows from now on. If you ever want to reverse this, simply repeat the steps above and recheck the box.
Disable Require Password When Waking The Computer
You will still need to enter your password if your computer wakes from sleep unless you also change that setting. To do this, go to the control panel and click on User Accounts and Family Safety. Next, click the link that says “Make changes to my account in PC settings.”
Under the Sign-in options, click Change to disable the need to need a password when waking the computer.
In general, you should always login with a password. It’s just good practice. But if your desktop PC is at home and if you do not have any really important data on the machine, then sure, there’s no harm. I have a password on my computer and always will. Not having a password login feels like driving in a car without a seatbelt. But again, the choice is yours.
You could create a standard user account and use that. Remove the password on that account and use it for general, day-to-day activities and keep the password on the administrator account. Let us know how you feel about running a computer without a password. Do you find it risky? Is the Windows 8 login so annoying for you that you would actually consider removing the security of having a login?