How to automatically sign-in after restarting Windows 10

Window 10 Fall Creators Update v1709 is set to welcome a lot of new features to the existing set of features of Windows 10. Most of the features are user experience centric and add a lot of functionality to Windows. One of these features is the ability to automatically launch applications after a restart. This was one of the most required features of Windows 10.

Once you hit Restart or you restart your computer after a software installation or maybe after an Update, all the open windows are closed, and you need to start fresh. But with this latest update, this is not the case.

You might have experienced this feature already. It was being used in Windows Update to speed up the update process by using your sign-in info to finish setting up your computer. This feature has been extended to ‘Restart’ in the latest Windows 10 v1709. It supports restarts from anywhere within the Windows UI and updates – but nothing can be said about third-party software that can restart or shutdown your computer.

Automatically sign-in after restarting Windows

Automatically sign-in after restarting

This feature is conveniently placed in ‘Settings’ and is enabled by default. To change it, go to ‘Settings’ and then select ‘Accounts’. Now go to ‘SignIn Options’ and scroll down to find ‘Use my signin info to automatically finish setting up my device after an update or restart’ under ‘Privacy’. You can turn on/off this feature at your convenience.

Enabling this feature will preserve all your opened applications and their corresponding resources during a Windows restart. Depending upon the performance of your computer, it might take a little while to re-open the applications after a restart. I noticed a little lag after I restarted my computer, but it didn’t take much longer, and all the applications were right there as it is.

Other than this feature, two new shutdown switches have been introduced. You can check them out by typing following commands in CMD:

  • shutdown /sg: Shutdown the computer and restart apps on next start.
  • shutdown /g: Restart the computer and automatically open applications.

The only thing I didn’t like was that the feature was not capable of preserving the desktops. So, some of the windows opened in Desktop 2 were started in Desktop 1 after the restart. But it won’t take that effort to move them back to Desktop 2 as compared to starting them from scratch. Also, a few applications like Sublime and CMD were not started automatically.

Most of the common accessibility applications were able to start automatically, but some were not. The reason behind this being that these applications might not have registered for application restart.

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