How to automatically log on (no password etc) in Windows 8.1

For when you restart your computer:

  1. Start menu >
  2. Search for “Run” (“运行” in Chinese) >
  3. once you’ve clicked on the “Run” programs, type in “netplwiz” > 
  4. From the “Users” (用户) tab, deselect “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer” (要使用本计算机,用户必须输入用户名和密码) and click “Apply” >
  5. Enter your password twice and click “Ok” >
  6. Restart to make sure it works

Source and screenshots at mytechblog.com

For when your computer has just been in sleep mode:

  1. Press Windows + I key combination on your keyboard to reveal the Settings charm. Click “Change PC Settings” (更改电脑设置) at the bottom >
  2. click on “Accounts” (账户) >
  3. click on “Sign-in options” (登陆选项) on the left >
  4. On “Password policy” (密码策略) click “change” (更改) twice

Source and screenshots at thewindowsclub.com

The next thing you’ll want to do is go straight to the desktop on Start up, (ie. stop Windows 8.1 going to the Start menu).

  1. Right-click on the Windows 8.1 taskbar (the strip at the bottom of the screen), then choose “Properties” (属性) >
  2. Click on the “Navigation” (导航) tab, then under the “Start screen” (开始屏幕) section, check the box next to “When I sign in or close all apps on a screen, go to the desktop instead of Start.” (当我登陆……)

Source and screenshots at cnet.com/

I also thought I needed to disable OneDrive (Microsoft’s cloud service) because it was giving me error screens on Start up, plus I don’t use it anyway. Turns out you can get rid of this error screen by disabling OneDrive’s sync (see here). However, just in case you also want to disable OneDrive, here’s how:

  1. Access The Group Policy Editor by getting the “Run” (运行) prompt (Windows key + R) and type in “gpedit.msc”, press enter >
  2. navigate through the left-hand folder tree to “Computer Configuration (计算机配置)\Administrative
  3. Templates(管理模板)\Windows Components (Windows 组件)” then double-click >
  4. Find and double-click on the “OneDrive” folder >
  5. Double-click on “Prevent the usage of SkyDrive for file storage”, the middle option (禁止使用Onedrive进行文件存储) >
  6. Select the “Disable” button on the top left (已禁用) and apply changes.

That’s it.

Source and screenshots at makeuseof.com

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