How To Remove Your Windows Vista Password

Screenshot showing the removal of a Windows Vista user password
Removing a Windows Vista Password.

As long as you're the only user on your PC, deleting your Windows Vista account password will allow you to completely bypass the logon process.

While it isn't a very security-minded thing to do, removing your Windows Vista password might be something to consider if you have problems remembering your password.

Follow the easy steps below to remove the password to your Windows Vista logon account:

Note: If you're trying to delete your Windows Vista password because you've forgotten it and can no longer access Windows, see Tip #2 at the bottom of the page for help.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Deleting your Windows Vista logon password usually takes less than a few minutes

Here's How:

  1. Click on Start and then Control Panel.

  2. Click on the User Accounts and Family Safety link.

    Note: If you're viewing the Classic View of Control Panel, you won't see this link. Simply double-click on the User Accounts icon and proceed to Step 4.

  3. Click on the User Accounts link.

  4. In the Make changes to your user account area of the User Accounts window, click the Remove your password link.

  5. In the text box on the next screen, enter your current password.

  6. Click the Remove Password button to confirm that you'd like to remove your account password.

  7. You can now close the User Accounts window.

  8. Now that your Windows Vista account password has been deleted, you will no longer need to log on to Windows Vista when your computer starts. Windows will now load all the way to your desktop automatically.


    1. Not a Windows Vista user? See How Do I Remove My Windows Password? for specific instructions for your version of Windows.

    2. If you want to remove your Windows Vista password because you've forgotten it and can no longer get in to Windows Vista then you obviously can't use the instructions above.

      See Help! I Forgot My Windows Vista Password! for several ways to get back into Windows.

      Of those options, using a free Windows password recovery program to crack or delete the password is the most popular. Depending on which password recovery method you use, you can then change your Windows Vista password or create a new Windows Vista password after you're done.

    1. If you don't want to completely remove your Windows Vista password, you can instead configure Windows Vista to automatically login. This way your account still has a password but you're never asked for it when Windows Vista starts.