Windows 10 comes with a built-in feature called Windows Hello. This feature offers its users quicker options for signing in to Windows. These options include Fingerprint, Face Recognition (available from the webcam), and Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you had previously set up a PIN on your Windows 10 desktop or laptop and would like to remove it, this guide will walk you through it.
Removing PIN from Windows 10
PIN from the Window’s Hello feature is not in any way linked to your Microsoft account, but only to your device or computer. Using your password, a hacker can log in to your Microsoft account from any location, but using your PIN, he or she can log in to that particular device. Thus, supposing you have different devices running Windows 10 and have set up a PIN on them, removing the Pin from a single device will not remove the PIN from the other devices.
Note that when you remove the Windows 10 login PIN during startup will cause fingerprint or face recognition to stop working.
It is important to note that, some computer users choose to remove the PIN in two minor instances. (1) If the keyboard begins to malfunction and (2) if there is an undetected login concern. This easy to perform measure eliminates the hustle to physically type the PIN after every computer startup.
Follow these steps to proceed to remove PIN from Windows 10:
- Navigate to the Start menu.
- Search and open Settings.
- Locate and click on Accounts.
- Select Sign-in options in the left sidebar.
- Click on Windows Hello PIN under the Select a sign-in option to add, change or remove.
- Click on the Remove option to delete the current Windows Hello PIN.
- Now click on Remove again when prompted for a confirmation.
- A Windows Security window will pop up asking for a password for your Microsoft account’s verification.
- Type in your password and click on OK.
- Your Windows 10 PIN should now be removed.
A Greyed out PIN Remove Button
What to do if the Windows Hello PIN Remove button is greyed out?
If for some reason you find a greyed-out PIN remove button, it means you have enabled the Require Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts option. Disable it so that the PIN Remove button can be clickable again.
You can find the option for Require Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts in the Sign-in options settings window. To turn it off, click the toggle switch to disable it. Close the Settings window and then open it again. The PIN Remove buttonwill no longer be greyed out, and you can, therefore, use it.
What Happens After Removing Windows 10 PIN?
Upon removal of the Windows 10 PIN, you can restart your device. Once started, Windows will ask for your account’s password to log in, which should be the one you used before setting up the Windows Hello PIN.
If you used a Microsoft account (email@example.com) to sign up for Windows 10, the password is irremovable for Microsoft is an online account. However, if it is a local account, you can remove the Windows 10 login password. Alternatively, you can create a local account with no password so that the next time your computer starts up, it can boot without a password, PIN, or any other sign-in option.
Resetting Windows 10 Forgotten PIN
You can use the I forgot my PIN link on Windows 10 startup to reset the Windows Hello PIN. On clicking the link, you will be asked to provide the password for your Microsoft account. You will then be able to set up a new Windows 10 PIN for login.