How to Automatically Sign-in to Windows PC during Updates

Sometimes upgrading or updating your PC gets so long that you could take a break during that session, but most of the time admins and users are glued to their seats because you need to log in if the PC thinks it needs a reboot. It means you also need to enter your credentials to complete the Windows Updates and Upgrades. In this post, we will show how you can automatically Sign-in to Windows PC during Updates. It works on both Windows 11 and Windows 10.

Automatically Sign-in Windows Updates

How to Automatically Sign-in to Windows PC during Updates

There are two ways of doing this. One is available in Windows settings, while the second is using the registry method.

1] Windows Account Settings

Update Accounts Sign-in Options

Microsoft made this feature available in account settings based on user feedback. So if your computer reboots, it will continue with the update.

  • Open Windows Settings (Win + I)
  • Go to Accounts Sign-in Options > Additional Settings
  • Toggle on the option that says Use my sign-in info to automatically finish settings after an update.

2] Registry Method

Get faster logins, after an OS update or upgrade. Windows OS install updates or upgrade which require a system reboot. Until Now, following a reboot you needed to log on manually, for the system to complete the installation/upgrade process. However, with our new feature,  Microsoft Account & Local Account can make OS remember the passwords temporarily between Windows update initiated reboots. This way the user will be automatically logged in, and the system is locked to make sure nobody gets access except for the same person.  This is available to MSA and Local accounts which are not liked to any work policies.

Make sure to take a backup of the Registry before editing it.  Here is what You need to do:

  • Open Run prompt using Win + R
  • Type wt and press the Enter key to open Windows Terminal
  • Run the Following Commands on the prompt:
    • REG ADD “HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\ CurrentVersion\Winlogon” /v
    • ARSOUserConsent /t REG_DWORD /d 0x00000001 /f
  • Exit and you are done.

Next time when you initiate an upgrade or update, you will get a concert about automatic login which you will need to approve, and then you can take your long break. Thanks, Cassim

How do I make Windows auto-login?

The only way to achieve this is by removing the password from your account and then checking the option to automatically sign in to Windows. However, it should be only set on a PC that has only a single account and is not accessible to anyone else.

Where does Autologon store password?

The password is saved into the Registry and is available in plain text. It can be remotely read by the Authenticated Users group. This setting is recommended only for cases in which the computer is physically secured and steps have been taken to make sure that untrusted users cannot remotely access the registry.

Ashish Mohta
A die-hard fan of Windows, PC Gaming, and Xbox. He is a seasoned content writer with over 15 years of experience in the industry. He is a specialist in writing about Windows, software reviews, troubleshooting Windows, and automation.


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