Windows 10: Setting up and using the Microsoft Hello PIN Log in

Summary: The following article provides information on the various ways to setup a Windows Hello PIN login ID on Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system.

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  1. What is a Login PIN and what are the benefits?
  2. Setup during first power on
  3. Setup after first power on

What is a Login PIN and what are the benefits?

 

A Microsoft Windows Hello Login PIN (Personal Identification Number) is an easy to remember secret login code which is usually only 4-digits (Although some companies allow their employees to use PINs with a combination of numbers, letters and special characters.).

If someone sees your PIN as you unlock your system, they can only access that one system. The PIN will not unlock your Microsoft login account on any other system.

The PIN only works on one system, its required before setting up Biometrics, its backed up by the systems TPM (Trusted Platform Module) hardware, and the benefits of using it are ease and speed of use and if cracked - it only unlocks that one PC.

If you have come to this article due to PIN login issues, you may want to go to the following links for more help:


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Setup during first power on

 

When you fresh install Windows 10 on a computer or on the first power on out of the box, it asks you set up a PIN just before you can start using the system.

This is part of the account setup, and the computer should stay connected with the internet until everything is finalized. While the PIN works even when the computer is offline, the account setup definitely needs an Internet connection. After a fresh installation.

The first power on start-up causes the OOBE (Out of Box Experience) to run. This takes you through the features and settings for using your new Windows 10 PC.

The point at which it starts to deal with the Microsoft Account settings is the Sign in with Microsoft page, the following steps follow on from that point:

  1. Enter the account Email or create an account of the person who will be using the PC and click Next

  2. Enter the account password and click Next

  3. You may be asked to enter a security code to verify your identity

  4. It will then go to the page Set up a PIN?

  5. At this point you have two options - Do this later to ignore setting a PIN or Set a PIN to enter a new PIN for this system

  6. Select Set a PIN

  7. Then the standard setup windows appears asking you to type in a New PIN and then to confirm the PIN you entered.

    • (There is a check box for including letters and special characters in the PIN - Using this option is down to either your personal preference or your companies security policy)

  8. Click on OK to continue the OOBE setup


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Setup after first power on

 

To setup a PIN from inside Windows 10, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the Windows Icon to open the Start menu.

  2. Type the text Sign-in options

  3. Click on the Key Icon in the search returns

  4. A settings window opens up

  5. Navigate down the right hand side of the page and locate the PIN settings

  6. Under PIN click the Add button

  7. You need to verify you know the current account password

  8. Then the standard setup windows appears asking you to type in a New PIN and then to confirm the PIN you entered.

    • (There is a check box for including letters and special characters in the PIN - Using this option is down to either your personal preference or your companies security policy)

  9. Click on OK and log out or restart the PC to start using the PIN you've just created


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Last Published Date

21 Feb 2021

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