introducing windows hello PIN.
If you sign in to your computer using a Microsoft account, then you're going to be encouraged to use a PIN (Personal Identification Number). Say hello to the Windows Hello PIN.
Using the Hello PIN should be easier because it doesn't have to be as long or complicated as a regular password, it can be as short as just 4 digits. Very similar to the PINs we have on our credit/debit cards.
Unlike with passwords, the Windows Hello PIN can be just numbers, it doesn't have to include letters, capitals letters and/or symbols. Easier to remember and quicker to type in.
There is a caveat though, you MUST still remember your password. You could be asked to authenticate with your full password at any time. And that could well be an issue. If you've been using your PIN for a couple of months, then suddenly you need your password...
your account requires a windows hello PIN.
Some of us simply don't want a Windows Hello PIN. It's just one more thing to remember.
But on some computers, you'll get stuck on the "Your account requires a Windows Hello PIN" page.
There doesn't seem to be any way around it. You'll find that you simply can't sign in to your computer without creating a PIN.
If this happens to you, I've got 3 suggestions for you. The first 2 are to quickly create memorable PINs and the third is a rather sneaky way to avoid creating a PIN.
creating unforgettable hello Pins.
You're on the spot, you want to get into your computer and suddenly you have to quickly think of a PIN that you'll be able to remember. What can you do.
Click the NEXT button to proceed.
After you've clicked the NEXT button, you'll probably have to enter your password. This will be the regular password that you use to sign into your computer.
And now you can enter a PIN.
Now, remember that whatever you type in here, you're going to have to remember.
So what can use? You're going to need something that you can call to mind quickly, but that you won't forget.
Use the year of your birth, 1950, 1975, 2000 etc.
Your not likely to forget the year you were born, right.
You can use relatively simple PINs on your computer because, unlike passwords, your Windows Hello PIN won't be used over the Internet. It only applies to your computer, this actual device. Nothing else.
Unfortunately, it won't accept the obvious PINs, like 1234, but you should be able to get away with your birth year.
But what if you're not happy with that? After all, the PIN is supposed to be protecting the files on your PC.
Well, in that case, click in the box "Include letters and symbols" so that a tick mark appears.
Now type in your regular password. That's right, your normal password.
Your Windows hello PIN can be exactly the same as your password.
Now I like this option because you won't have to try to remember anything new. No matter whether you're asked for your PIN or password, the answer is always the same.
So assuming you're happy sticking with entering your password and don't want a PIN, this is a good option.
i don't want a windows hello PIN.
This is my third suggestion and it about not having a Hello PIN at all.
If you're using a network cable, unplug it.
If you're using a wireless connection, it's probably easier to just turn off your router.
Ooops. No Internet? Well, fancy that.
Looks like I just can't proceed then, I'll have to cancel.
Click the CANCEL button and you'll be logged into your computer as normal.
While you've got an Internet connection, clicking the CANCEL button doesn't work. You're just returned to the Create a PIN page.
In other words, you go round and round in circles.
But when you're off the 'net, you can cancel it.
Don't forget to reconnect. Plug in your cable or turn on your router once you're into your computer.
how to remove the windows hello PIN.
OK so let's assume that you set up a Windows Hello PIN, to get into your computer, but now you want to remove it. You want to get rid of it.
Or maybe you set it up on purpose, but now you've decided that you really don't want it and you prefer to go back to using your password.
Left click the START button, then type
Click SIGN IN OPTIONS (System Settings) that appears at the top of the list.
The Windows 10 Sign-in Options page opens.
On the list of options, click the Windows Hello PIN option.
Windows will ask for confirmation that you really do want to remove the Hello PIN.
Assuming you do, click the REMOVE button again.
To finish removing the Hello PIN, you'll need to enter your password.
This is your regular Microsoft account password, the one you'd normally use to sign in to your computer.
When you've done that, click the OK button.
And that's it, the Windows Hello PIN has been removed and you're back to using just your password to sign in to your computer.
how to avoid the windows hello PIN.
I don't see any reason why you should use a PIN to sign-in to your home computer if you don't want to. Your password will work perfectly well.
Getting stuck on the "Your account requires a Windows Hello PIN" page is no joke when you're not sure what it is.
There are a couple of things you can do to avoid it.
The first is the most obvious, and that is to switch from using a Microsoft account on your computer, to using a Local account.
The Windows Hello PIN is only available for MS accounts, so if your using a Local account, you'll never have to deal it. How to Switch from MS Account to Local Account
If that's not an option for you, then make sure your computer is up to date.
The very latest Windows 10 updates change the login screen slightly to include options to sign in with either your Hello PIN or your password.
You simply click which option you'd prefer to use.
Click How to Update Windows 10 to see how to check that you have the latest version of Windows.