PIN's -- not so fast

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    PIN's -- not so fast

    Typing a PIN is admittedly quicker and easier than a cumbersome password.

    I ran into a situation yesterday that gave me pause.

    After the latest update Network Connections were reset to require a password (home) when I attempted to open another machine from mine. The problem being...Windows wanted the password and not the PIN.

    Well, after all this time of using either a PIN or fingerprint, I could not get the password correct. I thought I'd used my OneDrive/Live password but that failed along with the only credentials I had saved to my contacts.

    Two questions:
    1. If PIN's are to be used synonymously with/in the place of passwords, then why not consistently throughout?

    2. Is there a way to reset the password without knowing the current password?

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  2. Try3's Avatar
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    Your question 1 - There is no answer to this.

    Your question 2 - To change the password of a local account in your circumstances, see Option 5 of Change Account Password - TenForumsTutorials - assuming that you are referring to a local account. MSAccounts are dealt with in the other options and in Reset MSAccount password

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  3. Berton's Avatar
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    Win10 Home and Pro, Win10 Insider Preview, WinXP Home Premium, Linux Mint

    ;1689080 said:
    The problem being...Windows wanted the password and not the PIN.
    It's possible that the remote access has not yet reached the point where the PIN is stored, probably hasn't read the full Registry.
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    When using a MS account, The PIN is there in to make logging in to the computer simpler. It will only log you into the computer. I will not work for advanced account settings.

    Well, after all this time of using either a PIN or fingerprint, I could not get the password correct.
    You need to put that password somewhere after you change it or remember it because this will not be the last time you are asked for it in the future.
    This also happens when users have email clients like Outlook or Thunderbird. You do not have to key it again after setup so it is forgotten. Same with browser saved logins.
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  5. bro67's Avatar
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    Mac OS High Sierra 10.14.3 Beta (18D21c)

    Network logins will always require a password or secure key device.
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