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    Reset PIN for your Account in Windows 10

    Reset PIN for your Account in Windows 10

    How to Reset the PIN for your Account in Windows 10
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    How to Reset the PIN for your Account in Windows 10

    information   Information
    Windows Hello in Windows 10 enables users to sign in to their device using a PIN (Personal Identification Number). You can use this PIN to sign in to Windows, apps, and services.

    One important difference between a password and a Hello PIN is that the PIN is tied to the specific device on which it was set up. That PIN is useless to anyone without that specific hardware. Someone who steals your password can sign in to your account from anywhere, but if they steal your PIN, they'd have to steal your physical device too!

    Even you can't use that PIN anywhere except on that specific device. If you want to sign in on multiple devices, you have to set up Hello on each device.

    For more information about PIN, see: Why a PIN is better than a password (Windows 10)

    When you sign in to Windows 10 with PIN, you only need to type your PIN number without pressing Enter.

    If you forgot your PIN, you can reset it.

    This tutorial will show you how to reset the PIN for your account in Windows 10.

    Note   Note
    If you use your Microsoft account PIN to access games, social networking, or financial institutions, you'll need to log in from scratch in each of those places after your reset your PIN.

    Tip   Tip
    If you are unable to sign in to Windows 10 with your PIN, you can click/tap on the Sign-in options link, and select to sign in with your password instead.


    EXAMPLE: Sign-in to Windows 10 with PIN
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    Here's How:

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

    2. Click/tap on Sign-in options on the left side, and click/tap on the I forgot my PIN link under PIN on the right side. (see screenshot below)

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    3. If your PIN is for a Microsoft account, then click/tap on Continue to confirm. (see screenshot below)

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    4. If prompted to verify your account password, enter your password or required information, and click/tap on OK or Sign in, Next, and Next. (see screenshot below)

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    5. Enter at least a minimum 4 digit new PIN number you want for your account, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    6. When finished, you can close Settings if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    23 Jun 2015 #1

    Thanks so much for this! I really liked the PIN option in Win8.1 and was frustrated when it stopped working for me in Win10b10074 and remained non-functioning in Win10b10130. It would not occur to me that I needed to pretend to have forgotten my PIN. Not intuitive for me.
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  2. Posts : 20,696
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       23 Jun 2015 #2

    Yeah, hopefully Microsoft will add a separate "Reset" button instead to help make it clearer.
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  3.    29 Oct 2015 #3

    There is no need to go through the reset procedure to change your pin. Simply go to settings> accounts > sign in options, and click on the change button, seen in the tutorial just to the left of the "I forgot my pin" link. You will be prompted to enter your current pin, the new pin, and confirm the new pin. This will change the pin for any devices that use the account to log on in Win10, or Win 8.1. It will not change the 4 digit numeric password us on the Win 8.1 phone lock screen, as this is not an actual log in. You have to change it manually in the phone's settings under change password.
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       29 Oct 2015 #4

    johnsonwilliam said: View Post
    There is no need to go through the reset procedure to change your pin. Simply go to settings> accounts > sign in options, and click on the change button, seen in the tutorial just to the left of the "I forgot my pin" link. You will be prompted to enter your current pin, the new pin, and confirm the new pin. This will change the pin for any devices that use the account to log on in Win10, or Win 8.1. It will not change the 4 digit numeric password us on the Win 8.1 phone lock screen, as this is not an actual log in. You have to change it manually in the phone's settings under change password.
    Hello Johnson, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    The tutorial here is for if you forgot your PIN, and wanted to reset to change it instead.

    What you posted would be fine if you remembered your PIN and just wanted to change it like in the tutorial below.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7...dows-10-a.html
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    29 Oct 2015 #5

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Johnson, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    The tutorial here is for if you forgot your PIN, and wanted to reset to change it instead.

    What you posted would be fine if you remembered your PIN and just wanted to change it like in the tutorial below.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/7...dows-10-a.html
    Actually, the thread plainly discusses pretending to forget your pin in order to change it. The tutorial seems to imply that this is necessary. My post is directed at the individual who specifically mentioned pretending to forget. If the tutorial is meant to teach how to reset a forgetten pin, it needs to be rewritten to make that clear.
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       29 Oct 2015 #6

    johnsonwilliam said: View Post
    Actually, the thread plainly discusses pretending to forget your pin in order to change it. The tutorial seems to imply that this is necessary. My post is directed at the individual who specifically mentioned pretending to forget. If the tutorial is meant to teach how to reset a forgetten pin, it needs to be rewritten to make that clear.
    Sorry, I thought that I forgot my PIN would have been clear enough.
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