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    Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts

    Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts

    How to Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts in Windows 10
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    15 Aug 2019
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    How to Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts in Windows 10


    For improved security and a more seamless sign-in experience, you can now enable passwordless sign-in for Microsoft accounts on your Windows 10 device starting with Windows 10 build 18936.

    Enabling passwordless sign-in will switch all Microsoft accounts on your Windows 10 device to only allow modern authentication with Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint, or PIN.

    Enabling passwordless sign-in will remove the password and picture password sign-in options for all Microsoft accounts on the sign-in screen and in Accounts > Sign-in options > Settings.

    warning   Warning
    When you boot to Safe Mode, you will only be able to sign in with a password.

    If you enable passwordless sign-in for Microsoft accounts and boot to Safe Mode, then:

    1) If you have any local accounts on the computer with a password, you will only be able to select a password protected local account to sign in to for Safe Mode.

    2) If you do not have any local accounts on the computer with a password, you will not be able to sign in for Safe Mode and will have to restart the computer to sign in without Safe Mode.


    Please upvote this issue in Feedback Hub here: Feedback Hub - Windows Insider


    This feature is currently being rolled out to a small portion of Insiders and the above option may not show for all users in Settings. If the toggle isn’t showing for you yet, check back in a week so. It is available for me in Windows 10 build 18956.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable passwordless sign-in to only allow Windows Hello sign-in for all Microsoft accounts on your Windows 10 device.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable passwordless sign-in for all Microsoft accounts on the computer.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts in Settings
    • Option Two: Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts using a REG file





    Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts

    Allow or Deny Windows and Apps Access to Microphone for All Users in Settings


    1. Open Settings, and click/tap on the Accounts icon.

    2. Click/tap on Sign-in options on the left side, and turn On (default) or Off Make your device passwordless for what you want on the right side. (see screenshot below)

    3. You can now close Settings if you like.

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    Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts

    Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts using a REG file


    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\PasswordLess\Device

    DevicePasswordLessBuildVersion DWORD

    0 = Off
    2 = On

    1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Enable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_ON_PasswordLess_sign-in_for_Microsoft_accounts.reg

    download


     3. To Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_OFF_PasswordLess_sign-in_for_Microsoft_accounts.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1. f14tomcat's Avatar
    Posts : 42,898
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       #1

    Has anybody tried this, then booted to Safe Mode? (via Shawn's handy-dandy context menu entry ) My experience is Safe Mode can't use a PIN, requires a password. Not on Insider right now to test.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 42,106
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 18980
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello Dick,

    Good question. I just tested, and the results are not good. Everyone be sure to send feedback to Microsoft about this:

    If you enable passwordless sign-in for Microsoft accounts and boot to Safe Mode, then:

    1) If you have any local accounts on the computer with a password, you will only be able to select a password protected local account to sign in to for Safe Mode.

    2) If you do not have any local accounts on the computer with a password, you will not be able to sign in for Safe Mode and will have to restart the computer to sign in without Safe Mode.


    Please upvote this issue in Feedback Hub here: Feedback Hub - Windows Insider
    Last edited by Brink; 4 Weeks Ago at 11:40.
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  3. f14tomcat's Avatar
    Posts : 42,898
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       #3

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Dick,

    Good question. I just tested, and the results are not good. Everyone be sure to send feedback to Microsoft about this:

    If you enable passwordless sign-in for Microsoft accounts and boot to Safe Mode, then:

    1) If you have any local accounts on the computer with a password, you will only be able to select a password protected local account to sign in to for Safe Mode.

    2) If you do not have any local accounts on the computer with a password, you will not be able to sign in for Safe Mode and will have to restart the computer to sign in without Safe Mode.
    Wow! Thanks for testing that, Shawn. That is definitely not good. Had a twitch about it because I use Safe Mode for uninstalling drivers and such. When I get on Insider, I'll do some feedback.

    Thanks again.
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 42,106
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 18980
    Thread Starter
       #4

    I would strongly recommend to disable passwordless sign-in if you don't have any other password protected local account to sign in to for safe mode instead.

    Please upvote this issue in Feedback Hub here: Feedback Hub - Windows Insider
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  5. f14tomcat's Avatar
    Posts : 42,898
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       #5

    Upvote done.
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  6. COMPUTIAC's Avatar
    Posts : 2,705
    Win 10 Pro
       #6

    Thanks Shawn, Up-voted.
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  7. Wynona's Avatar
    Posts : 23,529
    Windows 10 Skip Ahead Preview Build 18312
       #7

    I don't know what's happened, but I can't seem to get to the feedback. Never happened like this before.
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  8. f14tomcat's Avatar
    Posts : 42,898
    Triple boot - Win 10 Pro, Win 10 Pro Insider (2) - (and a sprinkling of VMs)
       #8

    Wynona said: View Post
    I don't know what's happened, but I can't seem to get to the feedback. Never happened like this before.
    Clicking Shawn's feedback link should take you here, then click Open Link.

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  9. Wynona's Avatar
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    Windows 10 Skip Ahead Preview Build 18312
       #9

    And here's where I land, TC.

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    I can click on Sign in a gazillion times and all I'll get is the same old same old . . .

    Or if I click on close, I'm still not signed in.
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