8 Ways to Fix Windows Login Screen Missing
The login screen helps keep unauthorized individuals from accessing your Windows computer. It pops up as soon as your PC boots up, but sometimes due to system bugs or other issues, you may not see this screen at all. This tutorial gathers some general and problem-specific fixes to help you solve no login screen in Windows.
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Preliminary Fixes to Try
Before going any further, try a few simple fixes first to see whether these can help you solve the issue.
If none of the fixes are effective, apply the tried-and-true solutions listed below.
1. Perform Startup Repair
Startup repair is your best option regarding startup or login issues, as it is designed to diagnose and fix these problems. You must hard reboot your PC two times to enter the Windows Recovery Environment.
- Turn your PC on, and as soon as it boots up, turn it back off by holding the power button. Repeat this process twice. The next time you boot up your PC, you should see a screen with some options.
- Click on “Troubleshoot -> Advanced Repair -> Startup Repair.”
- Select an account, then enter the password to proceed.
- The repair process will begin automatically and fix any startup issues.
2. Turn Off Startup Programs in Safe Mode
Startup programs may interfere with the correct Windows boot-up process, thus disabling them may help you fix the issue. To do so, you will need to switch to Safe Mode first:
- Enter the Windows Recovery Environment as previously explained.
- Navigate to “Troubleshoot -> Advanced Options -> Startup Settings,” then “Restart.”
- Your System will restart and display a list of options. Select option #5 from the list to enter Safe Mode.
- Type “Startup Apps” if you are on Windows 11 or “Startup Tasks” on Windows 10 in the search box and select the best match.
- The Settings app will open with a list of all the startup programs. You can disable each by clicking the toggle next to their name.
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3. Turn Off Fast Startup in Safe Mode
- Boot In Safe Mode as shown previously.
- Search “Control Panel” in the search box and select the best result.
- Navigate to “System and Security -> Power options.”
- Click “Choose what the Power buttons do” on the left.
- Click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable.”
- Uncheck the “Turn on fast start-up (recommended)” box.
4. Create a New User Account in Safe Mode
When you create a new account in Safe Mode on your local computer, it starts fresh with default settings.
- On your PC, open “Settings -> Accounts -> Family and other users.”
- Click on “Add account” under “Other users.”
- When the Microsoft account registration window opens, you can add an account online or opt for “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information” to do it offline.
- Press the “Add a user without a Microsoft account” option.
- The system will ask you to fill in your information. When done, click “Next” to finish adding a new account to your PC.
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5. Enable Automatic Login in Safe Mode
Auto Login is a handy feature that will remove the need for a login screen so that you can access your computer without entering a password.
Note: the “Users and Group” section might not be available on earlier versions of Windows 10 Home Edition and Windows 11.
- Boot In Safe Mode.
- Right-click on the Start button and select “Computer Management.”
- Choose the “Local Users and Group” option on the left and select “Users.”
- Right-click on the account where you want to enable auto-login and click “Set Password.”
- Click “Proceed” in the next window and select “OK” without entering a password.
6. Rebuild MBR
The Master Boot Record (MBR) is the information present in the first sector of any hard disk. It contains data regarding how and where the operating system is located. Corruption of this data can cause various problems, including a missing login screen. Rebuilding the MBR might be a viable solution in this case.
- Enter the Windows Recovery Environment once again.
- Click on “Troubleshoot -> Advanced options -> Command Prompt.”
- Type the following commands in order and hit Enter after each.
bootrec /fixmbr bootrec /fixboot bootrec /rebuildbcd
- Restart your PC to see if the problem persists.
7. Change User Accounts Settings
If your PC has one user, turning off a particular setting under User Accounts will remove the need for a login screen altogether, which can prevent the issue from manifesting in the future.
- Press Windows + R keys simultaneously to launch the Run application.
- Type in
netplwizand press Enter.
- In the newly opened window, uncheck “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer.”
- If you can’t see this option, then you must disable Windows Hello first. To do so right-click on the Start menu and select “Settings.”
- Go to “Accounts -> Sign-in options.”
- Turn off the “For improved security, only allow Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft account on this device” toggle.
8. System Restore or Reinstall Windows
If the steps outlined so far have proven ineffective, you can try to perform a System Restore. As a last resort, you may want to reinstall Windows altogether. If you opt for that route, make sure you create a backup of your data in case something unexpectedly happens.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I execute some of the fixes in Safe Mode?
Safe Mode starts Windows with the minimum number of drivers and disables the automatic startup of any unnecessary services or programs. This can identify the problem’s source or stop your computer from initiating the processes that cause the issue.
How can I open Windows Recovery Environment without restarting my PC multiple times?
Go to “Settings -> Update and Security” in Windows 10 or “Settings -> System -> Recovery” to find recovery options. There you should see the “Advanced Startup” option, and by clicking on the “Restart Now” button, your PC will enter Windows Recovery Environment after restarting once.
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