How Do I Remove My Windows Password?

Delete the password to Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, and XP

Screenshot of the "Change your password" screen in Windows 10

It's not at all difficult to remove the password to your Windows account. Once you delete your password, you no longer have to log on to Windows when your computer starts.

Anyone in your home or office will have full access to everything on your computer after you remove your password, so doing so is not a very security conscious thing to do.

However, if you have no concerns about others physically accessing whatever they want on your computer, removing your password shouldn't be an issue for you and will certainly speed up your computer start time.

If you want to delete your password because you've forgotten it and can no longer access Windows, then you won't be able to use the method below. The standard "remove your password" process requires that you have access to your Windows account.

See How to Find Lost Windows Passwords for several different ways to get back into Windows. Probably the most popular option is to use a Windows password recovery program, a piece of software used to crack or reset the password. Depending on which password recovery method you use, you can then change your password or create a new password after you're done.

If you don't want to completely delete your password, you can instead configure Windows to automatically log in. This way your account still has a password but you're never asked for it when Windows starts.

How to Remove Your Windows Password

You can delete your Windows account password from Control Panel but the specific way you go about doing it is a little different depending on which operating system you have. See What Version of Windows Do I Have? if you're not sure which of these several versions of Windows is installed on your computer.

Deleting a Windows 10 or Windows 8 Password

  1. Open the Windows 8 or 10 Control Panel. On touch interfaces, the easiest way to open Control Panel in Windows 10 or Windows 8 is via its link on the Start menu (or ​Apps screen in Windows 8), but the Power User Menu is probably faster if you have a keyboard or mouse.

    Control Panel and User Accounts menu item in Windows 10 Start Menu
  2. On Windows 10, touch or click on the User Accounts link (it's called User Accounts and Family Safety in Windows 8). Note: If the View by setting is on Large icons or Small icons, then you won't see this link. Touch or click the User Accounts icon instead and skip to Step 4.

  3. Touch or click User Accounts.

  4. Choose Make changes to my account in PC settings.

    Make changes to my account in PC settings button in User Accounts pane
  5. Click or tap the Sign-in options tab to the left of the Settings window.

    Sign-in options in Settings app
  6. Choose the Change button in the Password section.

    Change button under Password Sign-in options in Windows 10
  7. Type your current password in the text box on the next screen.

    Filled-out current password field in Change your password dialog in Windows 10
  8. Touch or click Next.

  9. Hit Next once more on the next page but don't fill out any information. Entering a blank password will replace the old password with a blank one.

    Blank New password fields in Change your password dialog in Windows 10
  10. You can close out of the open window with the Finish button and exit Settings.

Deleting a Windows 7, Vista, or XP Password

  1. Click on Start and then Control Panel.

  2. In Windows 7, click on the User Accounts and Family Safety link (it's called User Accounts in Vista and XP). Note: If you're viewing the Large icons or Small icons view of Control Panel in Windows 7, or if you're on Vista or XP and have Classic View enabled, simply open User Accounts and proceed to Step 4.

  3. Open User Accounts.

  4. In the Make changes to your user account area of the User Accounts window, click the Remove your password link. In Windows XP, the window is titled User Accounts, and there's an extra step: In the or pick an account to change area, click on your Windows XP username and then choose the Remove my password link.

  5. In the text box on the next screen, enter your current Windows password.

  6. Click the Remove Password button to confirm that you'd like to remove your Windows password.

  7. You can now close any open windows related to user accounts.