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Windows 10
Password Requirements

     Raymond Johnson asked how to avoid having to type in a password to start Windows 10 after his PC has been turned off or restarted (rebooted).

Well, Microsoft decided its latest operating system should be immune to strangers (or thieves) being able to just turn on your PC to see what's in it. Thus, there is NO way to completely bypass some kind of a password requirement in Win10.

However, you can make accessing the computer easier by reducing your typing to just four characters -- or by using a "picture" password. Here are the steps:

Click on the "Start" (Windows logo) button. Then go to Settings>Accounts>Sign-in Options.

Next click on "Require Sign-in," followed by "If you've been away, when should Windows require you to sign in again?" Choose between "When PC wakes up from Sleep" or "Never."

       Note that "Putting the computer to sleep" is NOT the same as "turning it off."
   Now you can click on "Password" followed by "Change your account password" > "Change" and then follow the prompts.

At this point one of the prompts will allow you to choose a 4-character PIN (personal identification number) to use instead of a complete 8-character (or longer) password.

Click on "PIN" to display, "You can use this PIN to sign into Windows, Apps, and Services." Next choose between "Change" or "Remove."

Alternatively, you can click on "Picture Password" to display the message: "Sign in to Windows using a favorite photo."

Well, the Picture Password procedure is somewhat complicated, so I'll just suggest, "Follow the prompts." (I also suggest staying with the 4-character PIN method.)

Personally, I think that requiring a password to log on to a computer (or other digital device) is a postulate whose time has come.

Bear in mind that an internet connection is a 2-way portal -- you can look at unlimited things happening beyond your computer, but a limitless number of people and devices can also see much of what you're doing.
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