Windows 10: This week's updates changed my PIN to my Windows password Solved

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  1.    16 Mar 2017 #1

    This week's updates changed my PIN to my Windows password


    This is my personal one-user PC. Upon booting, I usually enter a 4 digit PIN. This week's updates changed my PIN to my Windows password, the same one I use for live.com. I want to change it back, but am wary, as I've been confused with Windows passwords before.

    I just want someone here to confirm that if I use the PIN change shown in the picture, I am only affecting my device-specific PIN, and not anything else.

    Also, why would the update have changed my PIN anyway?
    Thanks,
    Rusty


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  2. Kari's Avatar
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       16 Mar 2017 #2

    First, are you sure your PIN sign-in was disabled? Sometimes, especially after an upgrade Windows just resets the default sign-in method, switching back to Password sign in instead of PIN sign-in.

    In this case although Windows is asking for your password, it also shows a link for Sign-in options:

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    Clicking that link you can switch back to PIN sign-in:

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    Anyway, that being said, a PIN is only for that machine and has nothing to do with your Microsoft account nor does it change anything in your Microsoft account. Just enter your old PIN, set new one and you are done.

    Totally safe!

    Kari
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  3.    16 Mar 2017 #3

    Hey Kari; I don't have any of those options on the sign in/log in screen.
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  4. Kari's Avatar
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       16 Mar 2017 #4

    If you have both password and a PIN set correctly, your login screen always shows the Sign-in options link (first screenshot in my previous post).

    Clicking that link let's you then choose either Password sign-in or PIN sign in (second screenshot in my previous post).

    Always.

    Kari
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  5.    16 Mar 2017 #5

    Ahh...I don't use both. I just use the password.
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  6. Kari's Avatar
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       16 Mar 2017 #6

    Plankton said: View Post
    Ahh...I don't use both. I just use the password.
    This is not rocket science: If you only use one sign-in method, the Password method, you naturally have no options to choose, therefore you don't have any sign-in options. Link is not shown because there's nothing to choose.
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  7.    16 Mar 2017 #7

    Damn.....slow your roll.....I didn't know. I've only ever used a password to log in. So I never knew there was this screen. Sorry I freaking asked!
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  8. Kari's Avatar
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       16 Mar 2017 #8

    No worries :)
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  9.    16 Mar 2017 #9

    Dang, this thread went zero to 100 in a short time Lol.

    Thanks, Kari. I don't remember if showed sign-in options. It's entirely possible I missed it. I was in a hurry when it happened, and there was a red message after my first failed attempt that said to use my same password that I use for live.com. So I did and it worked. But I'd rather use the PIN since my wife knows it.
    Now that you've assured me that the PIN is device-specific and not affecting my Wwindows account, I will change it back.
    Thanks,
    Rusty
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  10.    16 Mar 2017 #10

    Okay, I'm back after rebooting.

    DUH! Yes, it does give me the choice of PIN or PW. So I didn't need to change anything.
    Thanks again, Kari.

    I have a Finnish acquaintance on another forum named Kari.

    See y'all next time I have a problem,
    Rusty
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