How to fix missing User and Password Prompt on Windows login screen?

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Issue: How to fix missing User and Password Prompt on Windows login screen?

Hello, all. I’m having a problem with my Windows 10 PC for the last couple of weeks. Each time when I boot the system, it gets stuck at the login screen, but by stuck I don’t mean that it freezes. My mouse pointer works, but no user and password prompt is provided. When I reboot the system one more time, the user prompt shows up again, so I can access the desktop. Nevertheless, this problem gets extremely annoying. Can someone please help me?

Solved Answer

Countless users reported[1] that they are not able to log into the Windows OS, or that they need to restart the system multiple times for the missing User and Password Prompt to go away. That’s an old problem that has been encountered by thousands of Windows users. In those cases, the log-in screen simply gets stuck with the boot loop, or the entered user and password are not identified.

Recently, few people reported a new problem related to the Windows login screen. When the system boots up, the user and password prompt do not appear, so there’s no way to access the desktop. It doesn’t matter how many different accounts are signed using the affected device, none of them are loaded.

Sadly, the culprit of the problem is not clear yet, so it has been difficult for the IT specialists to figure it out. Nevertheless, there are several things that you can try to fix missing user login at boot. It includes temporary bypassing the problem by enabling automated login, using command prompt on boot, launching the Credential Manager service, etc.

showing Windows 10 login, which lacks for user prompt

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Enter Safe Mode to troubleshoot and fix Missing User and Password Prompt

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Safe Mode[3] is the best Windows environment to perform various troubleshooting in, including getting rid of malware. To enter Safe Mode, please follow these steps:

  1. In the Login window, hold down the Shift button and click Restart.
  2. Once the PC reboots, go to Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup settings
  3. Press the number 5 on your keyboard or click on Enable Safe Mode with Networking
  4. The PC will restart and you will be in the Safe Mode environmentEnter Safe Mode

If the Shift-restart does not work, you can hard-restart the PC three times (interrupting the boot with the power button), and Windows will load Automatic Repair. Click on Advanced options, and you will be able to enter Safe Mode.

Fix 1. Enable Automatic Login Using netplwiz

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If you are encountering a missing user account prompt on the welcome screen, you can fix this issue temporarily by enabling the automatic login. However, this solution is not permanent, so sooner or later you’ll have to perform one of the fixes provided below. To enable automatic login, please perform the following steps:

  1. Press Windows key + R, type netplwiz, and hit Enter.
  2. When the User Accounts dialog box shows up, unmark the “Users must enter a username and password to use this computer” option.
  3. Click Apply and OK to save the changes.
  4. Reboot the system and the system should boot Windows without displaying a sign-in screen.Enable automatic logon

Fix 2. Run Command Prompt at boot

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If you cannot sign into Windows 10 because the user prompt is missing, you should fix that by using a bootable Windows 10 USB. If, however, you don’t have it, open Command Prompt at boot (WARNING: modifying Windows Registry can be dangerous, as incorrect actions might corrupt Windows system. Proceed at your own risk):

  1. Go back to Troubleshoot > Advanced options and pick Command Prompt
  2. When the Command Prompt opens, type the net user Administrator /active:yes command and hit Enter
  3. If this command cannot be executed, type regedit, and press Enter
  4. When the Registry Editor opens, click the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE folder
  5. Select File on the menu bar and click the Load Hive
  6. Open the drive where Windows is installed and navigate to the C:\\Windows\\System32\\config location (the initial letter stands for the core drive of the system, so change it if needed)
  7. Select the SAM file and click OpenRun Command Prompt
  8. When the Load Hive dialog opens, type REM_SAM, and click OK
  9. Now open the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\REM_SAM\\SAM\\Domains\\Accounts\\Users\\000001F4 key
  10. On the right pane, find and double click on the F binary value
  11. Find the line 0038 and change its value from 11 to 10
  12. Click OK to save the changes and close Command Prompt and Registry Editor
  13. Then click Continue to start Windows up

Fix 3. Set Credential Manager service to automatic

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If the Credential Manager service is set to manual users might face the Missing User and Password Prompt issue. Turning it to automatic mode can help you fix  Missing User and Password Prompt:

  • Type in Services into the search box and press Enter
  • Scroll down to locate Credential Manager
  • Right-click on it and pick Properties
  • Under the Startup type select Automatic
  • Click on Start (if available), Apply and OKModify Services

Fix 4. Use Bootable Windows 10 USB

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If you don’t have a Windows 10 USB, create it. After that, perform these steps:

  1. Plug-in the bootable Windows 10 USB and boot in Advanced System Recovery Options
  2. Select Command Prompt, type regedit, and press Enter
  3. Use the left pane to navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\\SOFTWARE\\Microsoft\\Windows\\CurrentVersion\\Policies\\System key
  4. Now find the dontdisplaylastusername registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) on the right pane
  5. Double-click on the DWORD and set its value from 0 to 1Modify Windows Registry
  6. Click OK to save the changes and close Command Prompt and Registry Editor
  7. Then click Continue to start up Windows

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Lucia Danes
Lucia Danes - Security researcher

Lucia Danes is the news editor at UGetFix. She is always on the move because the eager for knowledge makes her travel around the globe and attend InfoSec events and conferences.

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