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How to Enable or Disable Require Digits for PIN in Windows 10

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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.

You can block or require users to use digits, lowercase letters, uppercase letters, special characters in their PIN by enabling PIN Complexity Group Policy.

This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable PIN Complexity requirements for users to include at least one digit in their PIN in Windows 10.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

Note   Note
If you set this Require digits policy to enabled or not configured (default), users are required to include at least one digit in their PIN.

If you set this Require digits policy to disabled, users can't include digits in their PIN.



After you apply this policy, users will be required to change their PIN to meet the new PIN complexity requirements.


Contents:
  • Option One: To Enable or Disable Require Digits for PIN Complexity using Group Policy
  • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Require Digits for PIN Complexity using a REG file


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Enable or Disable Require Digits for PIN in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Enable or Disable Require Digits for PIN in Windows 10
To Enable or Disable Require Digits for PIN Complexity using Group Policy

Note   Note
Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

All editions can use Option Two below.


1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

2. In the left pane of local group policy editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\PIN Complexity

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3. In the right pane of PIN Complexity in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Require digits policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


 5. To Enable Require Digits for PIN Complexity

A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

Note: Not Configured is the default setting.


 6. To Disable Require Digits for PIN Complexity

A) Select (dot) Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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7. Close the local group policy editor.

8. Restart the computer to apply.






Enable or Disable Require Digits for PIN in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Enable or Disable Require Digits for PIN in Windows 10
To Enable or Disable Require Digits for PIN Complexity using a REG file

Note   Note
The .reg files below will add and modify the dword value in the registry key below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\PassportForWork\PINComplexity

Digits DWORD

(delete) or 1 = Enable
2 = Disable


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


 2. To Enable Require Digits for PIN Complexity

Note: This is the default setting.

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

Require_digit_in_PIN.reg

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 3. To Disable Require Digits for PIN Complexity

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

Can't_include_digits_in_PIN.reg

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4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

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

7. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.

8. Restart the computer to apply.


That's it,
Shawn