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Sign in with User Name and Password in Windows 8

How to Require Users to Sign in with User Name and Password in Windows 8 and 8.1

information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to require users to enter both a user name and password to sign in to Windows 8 instead of the last user displaying.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Note   Note
When set to have users enter a user name and password to sign in, you will see "Other user" listed with a user name and password field like below.

You can click/tap on the Sign-in options link to select to sign in to either a local or Microsoft account.

  • You will not be able to sign in to a local account if you have Microsoft selected.
  • You will not be able to sign in to a Microsoft account if you have local selected.


EXAMPLE: Sign in screen in Windows 8
default_w8_sign-.jpg
Locked.jpg
sign-in_user-name_and_password-local.jpg
sign-in_user-name_and_password-Microsoft.jpg






OPTION ONE
To Sign in with User Name and Password using a REG File Download


Note   Note
The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System

dontdisplaylastusername DWORD

0 = password only
1 = user name and password


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.​
2. To Sign in to Windows 8 with User Name and Password
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​
Sign-in_with_User_Name_and_Password.reg
download


3. To Sign in to Windows 8 with Password Only
NOTE: This is the default setting.​
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​
Sign-in_with_Password_Only.reg
download


4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.​
5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.​
6. Click/tap on the Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and then OK when prompted.​
7. If you like, sign off and sign in to see the change.​
8. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​
9. You may also wish to set the same setting for the locked computer sign in screen:​






OPTION TWO
To Sign in with User Name and Password using Local Security Policy

NOTE: This option to use secpol.msc is only available in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type secpol.msc, and press Enter.​
2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.​
3. In the left pane, double click/tap on Local Policies to expand it, and click/tap on Security Options to open it. (see screenshot below)​
secpol-1.jpg
4. In the right pane, double click/tap on Interactive logon: Do not display last user name, and do step 5 or 6 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshot above)​
5. To Sign in to Windows 8 with User Name and Password
A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below step 6A)​

6. To Sign in to Windows 8 with Password Only
NOTE: This is the default setting.​
A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)​
secpol-2.jpg

7. Close the Local Security Policy window.​
8. If you like, sign off and sign in to see the change.​
9. You may also wish to set the same setting for the locked computer sign in screen:​


That's it,
Shawn


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Kan

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Nice tutorial. This also resolves the issues with last user automatically signing in when the user does not have a password. Instead of the last user signing in at startup, you will get this at startup instead:
Screen shot 2556-02-02 at 20.01.12 .png
Not sure if this will break UAC credential issues with standard users, though.
 
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mvp
Hello Kan, and welcome to Eight Forums.

No, the method in this tutorial will not break being able to enter UAC credentials. :)
 

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Regagu

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What would someones username be for a Microsoft account?
 

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Hello Regagu,

It would be the email address used for the Microsoft account. :)
 

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Brink

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mvp
You're most welcome. :)
 

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Hello templeofhylia, and welcome to Eight Forums.

I'm not aware of a way out there to rename "Other user" on the sign in screen. :(
 

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balubeto

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I have Windows 8.1 Update Enterprise and I applied your second method to enable the classic Login (ie insertion of the username and password).

When I do the Login to an Users local account and a command requires the UAC feature, the UAC window does not use the classic Login but still uses the default Login.

So, how should I do ensure that also this UAC window use classic Login?

Thanks

Bye
 

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mvp
I have Windows 8.1 Update Enterprise and I applied your second method to enable the classic Login (ie insertion of the username and password).

When I do the Login to an Users local account and a command requires the UAC feature, the UAC window does not use the classic Login but still uses the default Login.

So, how should I do ensure that also this UAC window use classic Login?

Thanks

Bye

Hello Balubeto,

I'm sorry, but this tutorial is only for the Windows sign in screen and doesn't affect UAC.

For UAC, you could use step 5 in Option One below, or select "Prompt for credentials" in Option Two below. :)

http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/41136-uac-change-prompt-behavior-administrators-windows.html
 
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    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
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    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
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rsbrux

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WIll autologin still work with this option enabled? I have my HTPC configured for autologin on system start, but don't want account names to be visible when that account (or any other) has logged out
 

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WIll autologin still work with this option enabled? I have my HTPC configured for autologin on system start, but don't want account names to be visible when that account (or any other) has logged out

Hello rsbrux, :)

Yes. Netplwiz will still automatically sign in an account at startup with this enabled.
 

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    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G7 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
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    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
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    Internet Explorer 11
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    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

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