How to delete the access PIN in Windows 10: Some time ago, you had a set up Access PIN up Windows 10 because, to be honest, you were quite tired of having to type in the long password for your Microsoft account every time. Now, however, you suspect someone has managed to to guess your secret code and, consequently, to access your computer without being authorized. For this reason, you would like to completely disable the request for the code in question, in order to restore the need to enter the “classic” password but, alas, you just don’t know where to start.
If things are this way, then know that you are in the right place, at the right time! In fact, during this tutorial, I will explain to you how to delete the access PIN in Windows 10 and ensure that, upon login, you are asked to enter your personal password. In addition, I will take care to show you the steps necessary to change the code in question and how to intervene if I have completely forgotten it.
So, without hesitating further, make yourself comfortable and read carefully everything I have to explain to you on the subject: I am sure that, at the end of reading this guide, you will have acquired the skills necessary to achieve the goal you had set yourself. Having said that, I have nothing else to do, except to wish you happy reading and good luck!
Before getting to the heart of this guide and explaining yourself how to delete the access PIN in Windows 10, let me give you some more information about the usefulness of this access option.
To begin with, the Windows Hello PIN it is a protection mode that adds to the “classic” password of the Microsoft account, but does not replace it. The code in question, consisting of a 4-digit base (and which can also be expanded with letters and special characters), is useful for simplifying access to the computer or even to the applications and services connected to it, eliminating the need to specify each time the access key of your personal profile.
The Windows 10 PIN is not stored in the cloud but only in the memory of the device on which it is set, obviously in an encrypted manner; a code of this type can only be used on the computer / tablet on which it was stored and does not apply to the other devices associated with the same Microsoft account, unless the same code is set by means of a special procedure.
In the following lines of this guide, I will explain to you both how to bypass the PIN request when logging on to Windows 10 (thus going to the password entry screen), and how to disable it completely.
How to delete the access PIN in Windows 10
Having made the necessary initial clarifications, it’s time to take action and explain yourself, in concrete terms, how to delete the access PIN in Windows 10, both provisionally and definitively. I would like to specify that, in order for the changes to be successful, it is essential to know the password of the Microsoft account configured in the system (the one to which the PIN is associated). If you don’t remember it, you can reset it by following the steps that I indicated in my guide on how to recover your Microsoft account password.
Use alternative login options
If you no longer remember your Windows 10 PIN, you can try to log in to the system using an alternative method, such as Microsoft account password, the face recognition, the fingerprint recognition, one physical security key or one graphic password.
Keep in mind that, in order for everything to be successful, it is essential that the login system you have chosen has been previously configured in the system; this does not apply, however, to the Microsoft account password, which can be used as a “backup” access method at any time.
However, to proceed, turn on the computer and wait for the login screen to appear. When this happens, press anywhere on the screen to activate the PIN entry request, click on the item Access options and you’re done: at this point, you just have to click on the tile depicting the most congenial login system for you (e.g. entering the Microsoft account password) and finalize the login following the necessary procedure.
Once access to the system is complete, you can deactivate or replace the Windows Hello PIN with a new code by following the steps in the next section of this chapter.
Deactivate or change the PIN
Were you able to unlock Windows and, now, would you like to replace the PIN you no longer remember with a new code? Or, again, would you like to completely delete the PIN request and use an alternative login system? Then carefully follow the steps I am going to show you.
To get started, right click on the button Start Windows 10 (the icon in the form of pennant which resides in the lower left corner of the screen) and select the item Settings located in the contextual menu that appears on the screen. In the window that opens, click on the icon Account and then on the voice Access options, to the left.
When you reach the next screen, click on the item Windows Hello PIN and, if you intend to change the code, press the button Change PIN and specify the old and new PIN in the appropriate fields. Finally, press the button OK, enter the password of the Microsoft account, press again OK And that’s it.
If, however, you prefer disable completely the request of the same, first press the button Remove twice in a row and, when requested, enter the Microsoft account password or oflocal account configured on the computer and click on the button OK to proceed.
Done! From this moment, you can log in through one of the other configured systems: the password Microsoft / local account, Windows Hello face / fingerprint recognition, a physical security key or a graphic password.
In case of second thoughts, you can activate the code request again in the following way: go to the sections Settings> Accounts> Login Options Windows, click again on the box Windows Hello PIN, then on the button add that appears within the latter and follow the procedure displayed on the screen to set a new code: enter the Microsoft account password in use, click on the button OK, type in the new PIN in the appropriate text fields (avoiding sequences known as “0000”, “1234” and the like) and, when you are finished, click on the button OK, to confirm.
Note: by following the steps described above, you will eliminate the PIN request only, but you will not disable protection for access to Windows. If you are interested in proceeding in this way (operation strongly discouraged, as it may jeopardize the confidentiality of the data stored on the computer), instead follow the instructions that I have provided you in my guide on how to remove the password when Windows starts.
Reset the forgotten PIN
Alternatively, if you deem it appropriate, you can perform the PIN reset procedure directly from the Windows 10 login screen. Do you ask me how to do it? It is very easy.
First, click on an empty spot on the login screen, to display the box dedicated to entering the PIN, click on the item I forgot my PIN and, when prompted, enter the Microsoft account password in the appropriate text box and press the button OK. If necessary, complete thetwo-factor authentication indicating the method of receiving the disposable code you prefer.
Once the identity verification is complete, click on the button Go on and enter the new PIN, twice, in the appropriate text boxes; if you deem it appropriate to include it also letters and symbols, put the check mark in the appropriate box. Finally, hit the button OK and that’s it: if everything went smoothly, the PIN will be changed and can be used starting from the next request.