Windows Sign-in settings

Best Windows 10 Tips: Change your Windows sign-in settings

Create  a PIN, your fingerprint, or a picture password or completely disable in Windows Sign-in Settings.

When you buy a new Windows 10 computer, it will default to having you enter your Outlook or Microsoft account password every time you sign in. This can be a stress, especially if you have a long, secure, and complicated password.

Thankfully, there are several other ways that Microsoft offers in Windows sign-in settings, through which you can sign in to your PC or laptop that is a little simpler. We’ll walk you through how to adjust your settings and opt into signing in using a PIN, your fingerprint, or a picture password. (Facial recognition is also available, but only on specific Windows 10 systems.) We’ll also show you how to remove your password altogether (although, to keep your device secure, we recommend that you go with one of the options above rather than eliminating any kind of sign-in).

Windows 10 also gives you the option to use a physical security key (usually a USB key) to sign in, but you’ll have to purchase that key separately. Here are the methods you can use to sign in without any additional equipment.


  • Click on the Start Menu button (Windows icon) and open up the Start menu.
  • Click on the Settings (Gear icon) to go into settings.
  • Now Click “Accounts”.
In this window Click on Accounts

  • Then Click on “Sign-in options”.
Here you can see different sign in options, you can choose the one you like.

  • In this Section, you can pick how to sign in to your workstation. You can include a sign-in method by clicking on the option and then click “add”. At the same time, you can disable any of these option by selecting them  and click “Remove”.  You may then prompt to enter your Microsoft account password to remove an option.
  • You can likewise alter when your PC/Laptop requests that you sign in again after your PC has been idle. In the “Require sign-in,” you can choose any from the given options, from each time the system has gone dull to if it has been dim for 15 minutes. You can likewise choose “Never.
Here you can choose of your device that you requires to sign in again.

How to Set up a PIN in (Windows Sign-in Settings)

  • In the sign-in options Go to “Windows Hello PIN” and click on it
  • Now Click “Add”
  • A window labeled “Create a PIN” will open up. You may require to Click on “Next.”
  • After Clicking Next You’ll then be prompted to enter your Microsoft password. Just Enter your password, and click “Sign in.”
  • Now enter your desired PIN in both boxes. By default, you can only enter numbers in the PIN area. However, If you want to use letters and symbols as well, you can check the box in the bottom of the window.
Type your PIN in New PIN Box and retype in Confirm PIN Box.
  • You can modify your PIN later by clicking on “Windows Hello PIN” then “Change.” Enter your old PIN and then your new PIN twice.

by using Fingerprint Option in (Windows Sign-in Settings) :

  • Click “Windows Hello Fingerprint”
  • Click “Set up”
  • Windows Hello will open up. Click “Get started.”
Here you can use Fingerprint option to sign in to your device (If your Device support)
  • If you have previously set up your PIN, you will be urged to enter that PIN here to confirm your identity.
  • Next, you will be requested to raise your finger and place it on the fingerprint scanner repeatedly.
You need to put & raise your finger repeatedly so that scanner will capture your fingerprint successfully.

This Screen will tell you how much part of your finger is captured.

  • Then, you are required to do the same process, angling your finger at different positions at number of times.
Scan your finger by placing at different angles on scanner.
  • If you have not setup your PIN, you will be asked to Choose a PIN as a backup. Click on “Set up PIN” to continue.

Setup a Picture Password

Microsoft (Windows Sign-in Settings) has provided a picture password options which allows you to use a sequence of gestures grouped with a picture to sign in. Instead of using a PIN or password, you will have to draw on a picture.

  • Click on “Picture Password” in “Sign-in settings”
  • Click on “Add”
  • You will be taken to the picture password setup page where you asked to enter your Microsoft account password into a pop-up window to continue.
  • Click on “Choose picture”
Click on choose picture to start setting up your windows picture password.
  • When click on Choose Picture a window will open which will take to browse through your photos. Here select a picture, and then click “Open.”
  • Click on “Use this picture” to proceed or “Choose new picture” to select a different picture.
  • You will now be prompt to draw three gestures — lines, circles, and taps — on the image. In order to sign in to your device, you have to repeat the same gestures in the same order and in the same position on the image.
Draw the three gestures on the picture to complete the setup of your picture password

  • Then you have to confirm your picture password by doing those same three gestures again. If you cannot recall, click “Start over.”
  • If you remember, click on “Finish” on the next screen to complete the setup.
Now you successfully setup your picture password

How to Remove or disable your all passwords

Many of us find typing a password a stress, especially when you are only one to use your device.  Windows have alternative sign-in methods to reduce this stress. However, if you want to go an extra step further, you can remove your password altogether. (Disabling your password completely is a security risk — we recommend of using at least a simple PIN.)

  • Click the Windows Start button
  • Search for and open “netplwiz”
Type the command “netplwiz” and run it.
  • A new window will open. Uncheck the box next to “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.”
Check/Uncheck the box to enable/ disable the passwords.
  • Then click “Apply”
  • Enter your password twice in the pop-up window and click on “OK”
You need to confirm your identity in order to proceed.
  • Now Click on “OK” again

The changes will be effected when you restart your device.

Enabling your password again:

  • Open up “netplwiz”
  • Check the box next to “Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer”
  • Click on “Apply”
  • Then click “OK”

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