Windows 10: If I fail to enter the correct PIN, desktop asks for password anyway. How is that more secure?

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  1. Diggy18 Win User

    If I fail to enter the correct PIN, desktop asks for password anyway. How is that more secure?


    I'm using Windows 10 on our desktop computer at home. We have PINs on our accounts. I understand why the PIN is more secure than just a password. However, what confuses me, is that on our desktop, Windows will let you bypass the PIN if you fail to enter X number of times. Windows will then give up and say, "ok ok, what's the password?"


    How is that any more secure than using just the password in the first place?


    Or is the PIN really mostly intended for logging onto other microsoft, web-based services?

    :)
     

  2. Windows 10 Change password to pin

    Hi Ana,

    Thank you for posting your query in Microsoft Community. I regret the inconvenience caused to you. Let me help you.



    Please share the details.


    • Are you able to log in to your desktop?

    • Do you see any error code along with the error message?
    I suggest you to go through the below steps and check if it helps.

    Follow these steps to set up a PIN on your Windows User Account:




    • Press the Windows +S key combination to display the Search box.

    • Type the word pin into the Search box, then click
      Set up PIN sign-in.

    • Find the “PIN” section and click the Add button.

    • Type in the password for your User Account, then click the
      Ok button.

    • Select and enter a 4 digit numeric pin, then enter it again for confirmation.

    • Exit the PIN setup utility.


    From now on you’ll be able to log in to your Windows account by entering your 4 digit PIN instead of your password.



    You can change your PIN at any time by following the steps below:




    • Press the Windows +S key combination to display the Search box.

    • Type the word pin into the Search box, then click Set up PIN sign-in.

    • Find the “PIN” section and click the Change button.

    • Enter your Windows password, then click the
      Ok button.

    • Select and enter a new 4 digit numeric pin, then enter it again for confirmation.

    • Click the Finish button.

    • Exit the PIN setup utility.
    Check if it helps.



    I hope the information helps. Please keep us posted on the issue. We will be happy to assist you accordingly.

    Thank you.
     
  3. Windows Asks for PIN but Wants Password

    I use Windows 10. I have set up both a PIN and a Windows password. I rarely need either since I normally sign onto my computer using the fingerprint reader. However, once in a while the fingerprint reader doesn't work, and Windows asks for my PIN. Lately,
    I have entered my PIN (which I know is correct) but Windows says it's wrong. It does accept my password. Why is Windows asking for a PIN if it wants a password? How do I correct this?
     
    Marianne_968, Sep 11, 2019 at 8:03 PM
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  4. If I fail to enter the correct PIN, desktop asks for password anyway. How is that more secure?

    Sign in security-pin and password

    Hi,

    Sorry to hear that your issue is not resolved yet.

    Kindly let me know that have you performed following steps to establish a PIN on Windows 10?

    First of all

    To add PIN security, click on the Start menu button and select “Settings.”

    Then

    click on “Accounts,” and find “Sign-in options.”

    Click on “Add” under the “PIN” heading to add a PIN and click “OK” .

    Once the PIN security is added by you, you will be asked to enter a PIN code at the startup instead of a password.

    An image is attached for your assistance.

    Please let me know, if that helps.

    Kind Regards:

    Engr. Malik Yasir

    If I fail to enter the correct PIN, desktop asks for password anyway.  How is that more secure? 1cfdcbda-f6b0-4d6b-9ffc-da3753e1ca4e?upload=true.jpg
     
    MALIK YASIRNAWAZ, Sep 11, 2019 at 8:03 PM
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