How Do I Remove My Windows Password?

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

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 isn't 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. If you don't know your password, see the tip at the bottom of this page.

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 Control Panel. On touch interfaces, the easiest way 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, select User Accounts (it's called User Accounts and Family Safety in Windows 8). 

    If the View by setting is on Large icons or Small icons, then you won't see this link. Pick User Accounts instead and skip to Step 4.

  3. Select 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. Select Sign-in options from the left.

    Sign-in options in Settings app
  6. Select Change 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, and then select Next.

    Filled-out current password field in Change your password dialog in Windows 10
  8. Choose 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
  9. You can close out of the open window with the Finish button, and exit the Settings window.

Deleting a Windows 7, Vista, or XP Password

  1. Go to Start > Control Panel.

  2. In Windows 7, choose User Accounts and Family Safety (it's called User Accounts in Vista and XP). 

    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, select Remove your password. In Windows XP, the window is titled User Accounts, and there's an extra step: In the or pick an account to change area, select your Windows XP username and choose Remove my password.

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

  6. Select Remove Password to confirm that you'd like to remove your Windows password.

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

See How to Find Lost Windows Passwords for several different ways to get back into Windows if you don't know your password.

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