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I have removed the password for my admin account on Windows 7. Now when I turn the machine on, I have to click a button with my name underneath it — representing the admin account — to log in. Why is this? I want Windows to go all the way when I turn it on, not stop at the login screen. That's why I removed the password.

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Removing the password is not enough (as you have discovered). I hope you realize that it is a Bad Idea to have an account without a password, but to answer your question:

  1. Click Start, type netplwiz, and then press Enter.
  2. In the User Accounts dialog box, click the account you want to automatically log on to.If it is available, clear the Users Must Enter A User Name And Password To Use This Computer check box.
  3. Click OK.
  4. In the Automatically Log On dialog box, enter the user’s password twice and click OK.

Instructions from: Configure a User Account to Log On Automatically on Windows 7.

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+1 for pointing out that it's a bad idea. – BBlake Apr 5 '11 at 16:26
    
And it's an especially bad idea to do this with an admin account. – Pops Apr 5 '11 at 16:50

Open a Run command and type in the following

control userpasswords2

Untick the box at the top "users must enter a user name and passowrd to use this computer"

Hit OK

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