Solved Netplwiz missing checkbox solutions not working


moonkey

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I have Windows 11 Pro freshly installed on an Intel NUC. I am trying to setup logging in without a password but the checkbox is missing in netplwiz. I tried the registry fix (Passwordless) but it doesn't work. I also can't use the Windows Hello fix (toggle to off in sign in options) because its grayed out.

Do I need to sign with an Microsoft account to unlock this?

I'd appreciate any assistance.

Nevermind. If netplwiz isn't working, try:
  • Right-click the Windows key and select Run.
  • In the Run field, type in control userpasswords2 and hit
    Enter.
  • In the User Accounts dialog box, check the box for Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.
  • Click Apply, then OK.
  • Restart your computer and see if you're prompted with the login window.
It's the same dialog box, but it's got the checkbox.
 
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I have passed on your findings to the tutorial writer & all-round good egg, Brink.

Your discovery might prove very useful to others.

All the best,
Denis
 

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Hi, @Try3 and @Brink. Thanks for looking into this.

It's strange there is no difference between loading the User Accounts applet one method or the other. I tried the registry fix and I promise you, netplwiz loaded without the checkbox. I didn't get the checkbox until I tried control userpasswords2. Perhaps using another method to start the same applet forced it to reload its registry values? It might be good to add something like "if it doesn't work, reboot your system and try again." as a final step in the registry fix, to catch cases like mine when gremlins keep the fix from working as usual.
 

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I ran into this issue recently when I had to change my windows password,

What worked for me was
adding these two keys to registry at
Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\PasswordLess\Device
DevicePassword value 1
DevicePasswordLessBuildVersion REG_DWORD value 0
rebooted
then after repeating control userpasswords2
still no checkbox, BUT

checking then unchecking the Box "Users must enter a user name and password"
and VOILA the option to add user / password popped
( only allow Windows Hello is disabled ofc)
Gremlins I say
 

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still no checkbox, BUT
checking then unchecking the Box "Users must enter a user name and password"
This appears to be a contradiction.

Denis
 

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This appears to be a contradiction.

Denis
I can't edit the post for some reason,
still no checkbox
should read as still no ability to add new login data, then after checking ( users HAVE to enter password) then unchecking it popped up... Hope this helps
 

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I've tested using both netplwiz and control userpasswords2 with For improved security, only allow Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts on this device turned on, and both had the check box missing.

Both netplwiz and control userpasswords2 open the exact same process, so it may have just been a coincidence. :unsure:
One of Gibbs Rules is that tere is no such thing as coincidences. Both commands open the same process for me as well, I have been trying and failing to use that to get my real user name back. 🤷‍♂️
 

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