Change a passworld to a PIN


  1. Posts : 70
    Windows 10 64 bit pro
       #1

    Change a passworld to a PIN


    How can a I change a windows 10 long on password to PIN?
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  2. Posts : 17,641
    Windows 10 Pro
       #2

    A PIN requires a password, you cannot set a login PIN on an account without password. See this tutorial for setting up a PIN: Add PIN to your Account in Windows 10

    Kari
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  3. Posts : 61,886
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
       #3

    Hello Walter,

    You could add a PIN to your account if you haven't already, then select to sign in with the PIN in "Sign-in options" on the Sign-in page. A password is required for a PIN, so you wouldn't be able to remove the password if a PIN is wanted.

    Add PIN to your Account in Windows 10

    Sign in to Windows 10

    If you have a Microsoft account and running build 18995 or higher, you can enable passwordless sign-in to only allow using Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint, or PIN.

    Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts
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  4. Posts : 70
    Windows 10 64 bit pro
    Thread Starter
       #4

    WalterW said:
    How can a I change a windows 10 long on password to PIN?
    My main PC the only difference the main PC is Windows 10 64 bit pro and the PC that I want setup a pin logging in Win 10 home. My main PC has been setup with a pin only , no password
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  5. NMI
    Posts : 972
    Windows 10 Pro, Version 20H2
       #5

    WalterW said:
    My main PC has been setup with a pin only , no password
    It hasn't. That's not possible. You may only use the PIN, but you had to have a password first.
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  6. Posts : 12,478
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #6

    Agreed, password first then PIN later if desired. Some sites or programs will not recognize the PIN, maybe even some parts of Microsoft. There is some talk about going to no passwords or PIN only but it is not finished yet.
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  7. Posts : 11,632
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 21H2 Build 19044.1776
       #7

    And, when you have set up logins using a PIN, remember to keep a secure written note of your password because Windows might start demanding it again after any problems in the future.

    Denis
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  8. Posts : 70
    Windows 10 64 bit pro
    Thread Starter
       #8

    NMI said:
    It hasn't. That's not possible. You may only use the PIN, but you had to have a password first.
    Perhaps I did not phrase correctly.

    I have Win 10 64 bit Pro which has a password set up to log in to Win 10, I want to change the login to a PIN, it is easier for me to remember a PIN than a password.
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  9. Posts : 12,478
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro
       #9

    Rather than me typing or copying which can result in a mistake try this page:
    How to Add a PIN to Your Account in Windows 10
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  10. NMI
    Posts : 972
    Windows 10 Pro, Version 20H2
       #10

    WalterW said:
    Perhaps I did not phrase correctly.

    I have Win 10 64 bit Pro which has a password set up to log in to Win 10, I want to change the login to a PIN, it is easier for me to remember a PIN than a password.
    At post #4 you said you wanted to add a PIN to Win 10 Home, and that your Win 10 Pro was already using a PIN.

    Did you try using the first link in post #3?
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