How to change (or eliminate) your Windows 11 sign-in – The Verge
You can use a password, biometrics — or nothing at all
If you mainly use your Windows 11 computer at home, and you don’t have curious children or roommates who might mess with it, then having to sign in with a password can be a pain in the neck — especially if you have a long, secure, and complicated password.
Thankfully, you have alternatives. If you do take your Windows laptop out occasionally, there are several other ways you can sign in to your laptop that are a little simpler. We’ll also show you how to remove your password altogether (although, to keep your device secure, we recommend that you go with one of the options above rather than eliminating any kind of sign-in).
You also have the option to use a physical security key (usually a USB key) to sign in, but you’ll have to purchase that key separately. Here are the methods you can use to sign in without any additional equipment.
You will find all your various sign-in options by clicking on Start icon > Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options.
There, under Ways to sign in, there are several ways that you can adjust how to sign in to your device. The methods that Windows offers include:
To enable any of these methods, just select the one you’re interested in and then click on Add. Windows will then walk you through the process of creating that method of signing in to your computer. Once you’ve added it, you can come to the same place to manage it or remove it.
A couple of things to be aware of:
If one of the sign-in options is not available (for example, if your camera is not capable of using Windows Hello for facial recognition), there will be a notice of that underneath the name of the option.
Note that you will need to set up a PIN first before you can set up either facial recognition or fingerprint recognition (the PIN acts as backup in case the biometric systems don’t work).
If you occasionally walk away for a few minutes, you may find it irritating to have to sign in again because your system has gone to sleep. You can adjust how often you need to sign in again.
(Note: It’s possible that this particular feature will be grayed out — as happened to me. In order to use it, I had to disable fingerprint recognition. Thank you to TenForums for helping me solve this issue.)
Typing in your password can be a hassle, which is why there are alternative sign-in methods. If you want to go an extra step further, you can remove your password altogether. (Of course, disabling your password altogether is a security risk — using at least a simple PIN is a better move.)
However, if you’re determined on losing that password, here’s how you can do it.
The changes will go into effect after you restart your device. Note that this doesn’t get rid of your password, but makes it so you don’t need it to start the system. Also, it means that only your login will not need a password; if there are multiple logins to the system, you will have to go through the same process for each login. And if you find you feel safer with a password:
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May 15, 2022 at 06:56PM