How to get around PIN for Microsoft Account

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  1. Posts : 17
    Win 7
       #1

    How to get around PIN for Microsoft Account


    I bought a used computer which has Win 10.

    During boot, Cortana asks a lot of questions about the system setup some including region, time/date, keyboard, etc. I somehow got through setting it up for my existing wifi network. However, it now wanted to set up a Microsoft Account. I have a Microsoft Passport account so I entered the e-mail and password for that. I never had a PIN for it. Then, Cortana asks if I want to set up a PIN. I don't want to do that but there is no option to get around it and say "NO" everytime it asks. I tried creating one and it continuously tell me it's not the right one even if I repeat it. Does someone know to get out of that?
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  2. Posts : 2,093
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
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    Wither 4 said:
    I bought a used computer which has Win 10.

    During boot, Cortana asks a lot of questions about the system setup some including region, time/date, keyboard, etc.
    Rule 1 : When acquiring a machine which has been previously used, irrespectiuve of the setup condition it comes to the new user, ALWAYS do a complete disk wipe and a clean install

    Rule 2 : See Rule 1

    (EDIT : Note that if it already has Win10/11, the license will be registered with MS. You won't need to know it to do a clean install of either W10 or W11

    EDIT 2 : Jusy because Windows/Cortana/whoever asks for something, doesn't mean you have to slavishly obey. You can bypass most of these requests and just set up your device with a local account.
    Last edited by idgat; 25 Mar 2023 at 22:43.
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  3. Posts : 15,354
    Windows10
       #3

    I would completely reinstall Windows 10 from a usb installation drive - you will need to create it from another PC.
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  4. Posts : 18,045
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
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    Hello @Wither 4,

    Whenever I get a used computer, the FIRST thing that I do is to perform a Clean Install. This way, you know that you have a nice clean system WITHOUT any hidden nasties which you can setup to YOUR liking rather than the previous owners.

    > Clean Install Windows 10

    I hope this helps.
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  5. Posts : 42,467
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #5

    Note: as per the tutorial- as part of the clean install, you delete all partitions on the disk which make up the O/S. In your case you should also format the disk.. to hopefully eradicate anything leftover.

    It is possible to install Win 10 and use only a local account. Tutorial available in the huge searchable Tutorials section. Do have a look.

    Whilst activation should be automatic, if you have Pro now, some manufacturers ebed a key in the firmware, so you may find you revert to Home. Another step is required to restore Pro.

    When clean installing, plan ahead and consider where your personal data will be stored. Strongly recommended to place that in a different partition or on a different disk- not on 'C: ' so it's not affected by O/S mainentance, restoration, clean installs etc.

    Then as sonn as you can after installing Win 10 and before madly installing programs start using 3rd party disk imaging regularly and routinely e.g. Macrium Reflect (free or paid) + large enough external storage for image files. That's your full backup and means of restoring your entire O/S as was when things go badly wrong.

    Note: under your avatar you apparently run Win 7. Please remember to fill in system specs.
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  6. Posts : 17
    Win 7
    Thread Starter
       #6

    idgat said:
    Rule 1 : When acquiring a machine which has been previously used, irrespectiuve of the setup condition it comes to the new user, ALWAYS do a complete disk wipe and a clean install

    Rule 2 : See Rule 1

    (EDIT : Note that if it already has Win10/11, the license will be registered with MS. You won't need to know it to do a clean install of either W10 or W11

    EDIT 2 : Jusy because Windows/Cortana/whoever asks for something, doesn't mean you have to slavishly obey. You can bypass most of these requests and just set up your device with a local account.
    First, I don't have a copy of Win 10 to reinstall with.


    Second, Cortana will not let me get past the request to create a Microsoft Account, unless I set up a PIN. It doesn't recognize "No."

    What I'd rather do is install Win 7. I think I can get an ISO for it in the Seven Forum.
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  7. Posts : 10,726
    Windows 11 Workstation x64
       #7

    Just set a pin, then take it off when the system is loaded up.

    Don't go down the route of putting Windows 7 on it; almost all browsers have stopped supporting it, and that's just going to cause you issues in the long run.
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  8. Posts : 17
    Win 7
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Well, this morning I decided to go through the process again. Cortana insisted that I need a Hello Pin. Strange thing is that it let me create a PIN in contrast to yesterday and I was able to boot into Windows.

    Thanks to everyone for your suggestions.
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  9. Posts : 2,093
    Windows 11 Pro (latest update ... forever anal)
       #9

    Wither 4 said:
    First, I don't have a copy of Win 10 to reinstall with.


    Second, Cortana will not let me get past the request to create a Microsoft Account, unless I set up a PIN. It doesn't recognize "No."
    You can download the Win 10 (and win 11) ISO direct from Microsoft website

    Doing a clean install, you won't be confronted with Cortana's (read : Microsoft's) dictatorial demands

    But, that's all academic now.
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  10. Posts : 17
    Win 7
    Thread Starter
       #10

    After I got it to boot, I wanted to customize the desktop and other things. I found out that the Win 10 installed doesn't have a product key. I've asked the seller if he has it but haven't heard back. I'm on the fence, for other reasons, to return it rather than spend $139 for a product key.
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