how can I by-pass the password requirement at startup and go straight into the Windows 8 environment?

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Hello and Good Morning Everyone,

            Following some extensive troubleshooting, I am now able to fully access my friend's Windows 8 desktop.    At this point, I am wondering if there is a way I can configure Windows 8 so it will by pass the username and password requirement and go straight into the desktop environment.  At the moment, there is a screen with an email address, personally set up, along with a box requiring a password.  Once the password is entered, the HP Pavilion laptop takes me straight to the Windows 8 desktop environment.  Basically, I want to eliminate the login requirement and go straight to the desktop.  

             Any help regarding this question will be greatly appreciated.

            Thank you

             George
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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Commented:
You must log in.  I think with Windows 8 you can say "No Password".  Set it up like that, and then it will remember the user name and should log straight in.  There is a local policy to remember username and that is default so the name will be remembered.

But there must be a user name.
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Here an is an article of how to do exactly that:
https://www.isunshare.com/windows-8/set-up-windows-8-8.1-auto-login.html

Let me know if this works for you.
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Hi George,

The answer is here:
https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-security/how-do-i-disable-password-protect-in-windows8/a9ce06ac-08e5-4fac-92b8-817be3cf8946?auth=1

In case that link goes stale, here are the steps (copied here under "Fair Use" and wordsmithed a bit):

1. Press Windows Key + R
2. Type netplwiz and click OK
3. If prompted by UAC, click Yes
4. User Accounts dialog appears...un-tick the "Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer" box and click OK

I followed those steps on an HP laptop with W8.1 and can confirm that they work. Regards, Joe
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I always use
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control userpasswords2

same thing....

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Hello and Good Evening Everyone,

            I want to sincerely thank everyone for your excellent suggestions.  Using the condensed but clear steps outlined by Joe, I am very pleased to say this concern is now resolved.  If I may add here, these steps did not work in Windows 8.  However, it is noteworthy to mention though that the steps worked perfectly when Windows 8.0 was updated to Windows 8.1.  

            On a side note, I just opened a new post which I would deeply appreciate everyone's review and feedback on.  The link to my recently open post is https://www.experts-exchange.com/questions/29128372/how-can-I-customize-Windows-8-1-so-it-will-display-a-chosen-administrator-name-every-time-at-boot-up.html#questionAdd

             Thank you

             George
Joe WinogradDeveloper
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Hi George,
I'm glad that worked for you. Upgrading to 8.1 was the right move...all 8.0 systems should be upgraded to 8.1, imo. I looked at your new question and will provide clear steps there showing how to do what you want. Regards, Joe
As far as I know "control userpasswords2" has worked since at least Windows 7 and has not stopped working.  
But good that you got past Windows 8 and on to 8.1

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