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Windows 10 Basics: How to Change Your Login Settings



When you buy a new Windows 10 computer, it is unpacked by default, so you enter your Outlook or Microsoft account password every time you sign in. This can be tricky, especially if you have a long, secure, and complicated password.

Fortunately, Windows has several other ways you can log in to your laptop that are a little easier. We'll show you how to adjust your settings and how to sign in with a PIN, your fingerprint, or picture password. (Face 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 safe, we recommend using one of the options above instead of eliminating any kind of login)

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0 also gives you the option to use a physical security key (usually a USB key) to login, but you have to buy that key separately. Here are the methods you can use to sign up without additional equipment.

To access your login settings:

  • Click the Windows icon in the bottom left corner of your screen to open the Start menu [19659006] Click the gear icon to open the settings
  • Click " Accounts "

  Windows Settings Menu

Click" Accounts "in your Windows Settings menu.

  • Click on "Login Options"

  Login-Options Menu

Under "Login Options" you will see several ways to login, including using your fingerprint, a PIN or an image password.

  • Here you can adjust how to sign in your device. You can add a login method by clicking the option and then & # 39; Add & # 39; to click. And you can disable all these options by clicking on the option and then on "Delete". You may be asked to enter your Microsoft account password to remove an option.
  • You can also customize when your device asks you to log in again after you have been inactive. Under & # 39; Login Required & # 39; you can select a range of options, from every time the system has gone dark until it has been dark for 15 minutes. You can also & # 39; Never & # 39; Selecting.

  Require sign-in dropdown options

The dropdown options allow you to set how long your device waits until you are prompted to sign in again.

To enter a PIN:

  • Click on "Windows Hello PIN"
  • Click on "Add"
  • A window will open with the title "Create a PIN". Click on "Next".

  Window

Click "Next" to start setting your PIN.

  • You will then be asked to enter your Microsoft password. Enter it and click "Sign up".
  • Choose a PIN and enter it in both boxes. The standard requirement for the PIN is that it only contains numbers. If you also want to use letters and symbols, you can check the box at the bottom of the window.

  Set a PIN window

Enter your PIN in both fields to set it.

  • You can change your PIN later by clicking on "Windows Hello PIN" and then on "Change". Enter your old PIN and then your new PIN twice.

  Change your PIN window

You must enter your old PIN before entering and confirming your new PIN.

To use your fingerprint to log in: [19659031] Click on "Windows Hello Fingerprint"
  • Click on "Set"
  • Windows Hello will open. Click on "Get started".
  •   Windows Hello Window

    You can use Windows Hello to set your fingerprint as the login method.

    • If you have already set your PIN, you will be asked to enter it here.
    • You will then be asked to raise your finger and place it repeatedly on the fingerprint scanner

      Instructions for fingerprint sensor

    You must lower and lift the finger repeatedly to capture your fingerprint.

      An image of a fingerprint, which is highlighted in blue when the fingerprint is enrolled.

    As you raise and lower your finger, this image shows how much of your fingerprint has been captured.

    • You will then be asked to do the same thing, turning your finger differently each time

      More instructions on how to enroll your fingerprint

    Next, you need to shift the angle while raising and lowering your finger.

    • If you have not already done so, you will be asked to choose a PIN as a backup. Click on "Set PIN" to continue.

      Instructions for setting a PIN as a backup

    Windows recommends that you set a PIN as a backup.

    Set an image password:

    Microsoft's image password option allows you to use a series of gestures along with an image to sign in. Instead of using a PIN or password, draw on an image.

    • Click on "Picture Password" in "Sign" in Settings "
    • Click on" Add "
    • You will be taken to the picture password setting page and asked for your Microsoft password enter account in a pop-up window
    • Click on "Choose picture"

      Image password welcome screen

    Click on "Choose picture" to start setting your picture password.

    • A window will open open and you can browse your photos Select an image and then click "Open".
    • Click "Use this image" to continue or "Choose new image" to select another image Select

      Image Password Installation Page for Choosing an Image

    If you are & # 39; If you are happy with that photo, click & # 39; Use this photo & # 39; to continue

    • Next, you are asked three Geba run – draw lines, circles and taps – on the image. To log in, you must repeat the gestures in the same order and position in the picture.

      Picture Password Setup Page for Gesture Choosing

    The three gestures you draw directly on the picture serve as your picture password.

    • You must then confirm your picture password by redoing the same three gestures. If you don't remember, click & # 39; Start Over & # 39 ;.
    • Click & # 39; Finish & # 39; in the next screen to complete the installation.

      Image Password Setup Completion Page

    You have finished setting your image password. [19659067] Remove a password completely:

    Entering your password can be tricky, so there are alternative login methods. If you want to go one step further, you can completely remove your password. (Of course, disabling your password is a security risk – using at least a simple PIN is a better move.)

    • Click the Windows Start button
    • Search for and open "netplwiz"

      Start Menu- results for

    Open "netplwiz" to disable your password.

    • A window opens. Uncheck the box next to & # 39; Users must enter a username and password to use this computer & # 39 ;.

      User Accounts Window

    Here you can remove the password requirement.

    • Then click & # 39; Apply & # 39;
    • Enter your password twice in the pop-up window and click "OK"

      Automatic Login Window

    You must enter your password to confirm that you want to disable your password.

    The changes take effect after you restart your device.

    To re-enable your password:

    • Open "netplwiz"
    • Check the box next to "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer"
    • Then click "Apply" [19659082] Click "OK"

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