1.    08 Aug 2016 #1
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    Can a Hyper-V Virtual Machine use a Picture Password?


    Greetings.

    I set up Hyper-V in my Win 10 Anniversary install and created a Win 10 Virtual Machine which is fully activated.

    I tried setting up a picture password for this VM. The Picture Password option was not available but I got it to show using gpedit. I then set a Picture Password but when I reboot, the Picture Password does not show up.

    Is it possible to use a Picture Password in a Hyper-V VM?
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  2.    08 Aug 2016 #2
    Join Date : Oct 2013
    A Finnish expat in Germany
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    Are you using Enhanced Mode with that Windows 10 vm? If so, read this quote from another thread:

    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by martyfelker View Post
    Installed Anniversary 14393.0 from the official MS site. The very first update when I joined the Insider Program was a Defender Update amd kb3176929. This upgraded the Hyper-VM I used to directly to 14393.10.

    The only thing that was strange was that - although I installed a PIN during installation that sign-in option never appeared and in fact was not available in the Settings section. Probably something to do with the Virtual Disk Hardware??

    Hyper-V Enhanced Mode is based on RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) and requires a password, PIN and Picture Password do not work in Enhanced Mode. Therefore, logically when signing in with password using Enhanced Mode the PIN and Picture Password options are also missing from Sign-in options​:



    As soon as you switch from Enhanced Mode to normal mode, PIN and Picture Password will become available:


    Screenshots taken just now, both from same Hyper-V vm. First when using Enhanced Mode, second when using normal mode.
    Short: you cannot use PIN and Picture Password to sign in to your vm if using Enhanced Mode connection. turning Enhanced Mode off you can use any sign-in method including PIN and Picture Password.

    Kari
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  3.    09 Aug 2016 #3
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    A very detailed answer. Thanks Kari. Much appreciated.
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  4.    09 Aug 2016 #4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davoodoo View Post
    A very detailed answer. Thanks Kari. Much appreciated.
    The advantages of enhanced mode far outweigh the minor inconvenience of not being able to use a picture password.
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  5.    09 Aug 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by Davoodoo View Post
    A very detailed answer. Thanks Kari. Much appreciated.
    You are welcome!


    Quote Originally Posted by cereberus View Post
    The advantages of enhanced mode far outweigh the minor inconvenience of not being able to use a picture password.
    Exactly
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