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Windows 10: Resetting the Windows Hello Biometrics

Summary: Information on how to reset Windows Hello if the options grey out after upgrading your TPM on a Dell PC.

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The following article provides information on how to reset Windows Hello if the options grey out after upgrading your TPM on a Dell PC.


Table of Contents:

  1. Windows Hello options are greyed out after upgrading the TPM
  2. How to reset Windows Hello
  3. Other useful Windows Hello Articles

 

Windows Hello options are greyed out after upgrading the TPM

 

If you have upgraded the TPM (Trusted Platform Module) on your Dell PC and now you can't run Windows Hello through setup, then the next section in this article will take you through some steps to resolve this. If you are having another issue with Windows Hello on a Dell PC, then please check out the articles in the third section.

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How to reset Windows Hello

 

Follow these steps to reset the windows Hello biometrics on your Dell PC:

SLN316611_en_US__1icon Note: Please be aware, these steps will reset Windows Hello for every user registered on the PC.
  1. Open the Services Panel and Stop the biometric service:

    1. Press the Win + R keys together to open a Run dialog box

    2. Type services.msc

    3. Select Windows Biometric Service from the left hand side column

    4. Right click on it and select Stop from the list that appears

  2. Backup the old database:

    1. Open Windows Explorer

    2. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\WinBioDatabase

    3. Copy and paste the .DAT files into a new folder you've created

  3. Delete the old database:

    1. Open Windows Explorer

    2. Navigate to C:\Windows\System32\WinBioDatabase

    3. Delete the .DAT files

  4. Open the Services Panel and Start the biometric service:

    1. Press the Win + R keys together to open a Run dialog box

    2. Type services.msc

    3. Select Windows Biometric Service from the left hand side column

    4. Right click on it and select Start from the list that appears

  5. Register your Biometrics again:

    1. Go to Account Settings

    2. At Sign-in options go through the registration process to re-register your biometrics


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Other useful Windows Hello Articles

 

If you are experiencing another issue with Window's Hello Biometrics, then please check out the following articles from Dell:


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Article Properties


Affected Product

G Series, Alienware, Inspiron, Latitude, Vostro, XPS

Last Published Date

21 Feb 2021

Version

4

Article Type

Solution