How to Remove Windows Hello PIN

Introduction

While a Windows Hello PIN number offers a lot of convenience, such as enabling face and fingerprint verification to log in to your Windows computer, it is just one more thing to remember and it isn’t for everyone. Thankfully, if having a Windows PIN isn’t working out for you it’s easy to remove it. The only caveat is that after removing a Windows Hello PIN you won’t be able to use face or fingerprint verification to log in to your Windows computer without re-enabling it. Examples of all instructions in the steps can be seen in the YouTube video below.

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Steps to Remove Windows Hello PIN

  1. Navigate to your Windows home screen, and then press the “Windows” and “I” buttons at the same time to bring up the “Settings” screen.
  2. Click “Accounts.” The Accounts screen is shown.
  3. Click “Sign-in Options” in the menu on the left side of the screen. The Sign-in Options screen is displayed on the right side of the screen.
  4. Click “Windows Hello PIN” to expand that option into a menu.
  5. Click “Remove.” A message is shown asking if you’re sure you want to remove your Windows Hello PIN, and reminding you that if you’re using Windows face or fingerprint recognition that those will stop working.
  6. Click “Remove” again to continue. A window is displayed asking for your account password.
  7. Enter your Windows account password, and then click “OK.” You won’t see any confirmation, but your Windows Hello PIN was successfully removed. The next time you attempt to log in to your computer you’ll need to do so using your Windows account password or an alternative login method.

5 Reasons Windows Hello PIN

1. Device Sharing Simplified

Sharing a device becomes a hassle when a Windows Hello PIN is involved. Imagine a scenario where multiple users need frequent access to the same computer. Having a PIN complicates this process because each user must remember and enter it correctly. By removing the PIN, users can switch accounts more smoothly, especially in environments like small offices or family computers where ease of access is more important than strict security. Additionally, removing the PIN can speed up the login process, making it more straightforward for everyone, particularly for those not tech-savvy.

2. Preference for Alternative Security Methods

Some users prefer other security methods over a PIN. For instance, many find biometric options like fingerprint readers or facial recognition more secure and convenient. These methods can be quicker and more secure, as they’re harder to replicate or steal than a numeric PIN. By removing the PIN, users can rely solely on their preferred method, streamlining the authentication process. This is particularly useful in high-security environments where convenience must balance with robust security measures.

3. Reducing System Complexity

Maintaining a Windows Hello PIN adds an extra layer to system management, particularly for IT departments. Managing PINs across an organization involves ensuring they are reset and recovered properly, which can be time-consuming and prone to errors. Removing the PIN can reduce the administrative burden, allowing IT staff to focus on more critical tasks. This simplification can lead to a decrease in support calls and increase overall system efficiency and user satisfaction.

4. Performance Issues on Older Devices

On older or lower-spec devices, performance can suffer when too many security features are active. The process of entering a PIN and the system validating it can cause delays, especially on machines with limited processing power or aging hardware. By removing the PIN, users can potentially speed up their login times and reduce the strain on system resources. This can lead to a more responsive user experience, which is crucial for productivity on older devices.

5. Personal Preference and Usability

Sometimes, the reason to remove a PIN comes down to personal preference or usability issues. Users with certain disabilities may find entering a PIN cumbersome or challenging. Likewise, people who frequently move between different workstations may find it inconvenient to remember multiple PINs. Removing the PIN can make computers more accessible and user-friendly, catering to a broader range of physical abilities and personal situations. This enhances the overall user experience by removing barriers to access.

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