Windows 10 asks you for a password or PIN each time you start up? Here’s how to disable this kind of request and get the system up and running faster.
Each time it is updated, Windows 10 increases its security level. While multiple protection features are now available within the Windows Security module and its comparator Windows Defender, Microsoft also requires that the user systematically identifies himself using a password, a PIN code or by biometric recognition. Now, when you install Windows 10 or when you reset it completely, you will be asked to choose a Windows Hello access code, which you will then use to log in to the system every time you start your PC.
If you regularly use your own PC outside, or if it is the company’s own machine, it is obvious that this code is particularly useful to prevent data theft. The same applies if you do not want the home PC to be used by other family members without your consent. On the other hand, if you think that your session can be freely used by other people, or if you are the only one using yourmachine, the password required by Windows 10 at startup can quickly become restrictive. In addition, disabling this should save you even more time when you start Windows 10. There is therefore a method that allows you to launch the system without having to systematically enter a password or a 4-digit code. However, be careful not to leave your machine in the wrong hands, as the system is no longer protected by authentication. Here’s how to do it:
- Click on the Start button on the taskbar, then go to the Settings module (symbolized by a toothed wheel). Then go to option Accounts.
- In the left menu, click on the Connection Optionsfunction. Here you find different possible ways to connect to Windows. In the latest editions of Windows 10 (remember that the system benefits from an important update every 6 months or so), Microsoft’s OS uses Windows Hello by default. This can take the form of facial recognition, fingerprint recognition, PIN code or security key.
- Scroll down the window to find the option labeled Require Windows Hello login for Microsoftaccounts. Set it to Off.
- Simultaneously press the [Windows] + [R] keys or in the search field enter the term Run. In the small window that then appears, simply type Control Userpasswords2 and confirm with the OK button.
- The User Account Manager opens. You should see all the accounts configured on your PC, including yours. Uncheck Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer. Click Apply.
- A new window will appear. In the User Namesection, enter the e-mail address that you used to register and configure Windows 10. Then enter the password associated with this e-mail address once, then enter it again to validate it. Finally press the OK button.
- Reboot Windows 10 to verify that the changes have been applied and that you are not prompted for a PIN or password at startup.