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Thursday, July 1, 2021

How to Setup Password on Windows 10



  • Click on the Windows icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen to open up the Start menu
  • Click the cog icon to open settings
  • Click “Accounts”
Windows Settings menu
Click on “Accounts” in your Windows Settings menu.
  • Click “Sign-in options”
options menu
Under “Sign-in options,” you’ll see several different methods for signing in, including using your fingerprint, a PIN, or a picture password.
  • Here, you can adjust how to sign in to your device. You can add a sign-on method by clicking on the option and then “Add.” And you can disable any of these options by clicking on the option and then “Remove.” You may be prompted to enter your Microsoft account password in order to remove an option.
  • You can also adjust when your device asks you to sign in again after you’ve been idle. Under “Require sign-in,” you can select a range of options, from every time the system has gone dark to if it’s been dark for 15 minutes. You can also select “Never.”
Require sign-in dropdown options
Using the drop-down options, you can adjust how long your device waits until asking you to sign in again.


  • Click “Windows Hello PIN”
  • Click “Add”
  • A window titled “Create a PIN” will open up. Click “Next.”
“Create a PIN” window
Click “Next” to start setting up your PIN.
  • You’ll then be asked to enter your Microsoft password. Enter it in, and click “Sign in.”
  • Choose a PIN and enter it in both boxes. The default requirement for the PIN is that it only contains numbers. If you want to use letters and symbols as well, you can check the box in the bottom of the window.
Set up a PIN window
Type your PIN into both fields to set it up.
  • You can change your PIN later by clicking on “Windows Hello PIN” then “Change.” Enter your old PIN and then your new PIN twice.
Change your PIN window
You’ll have to enter your old PIN before entering and confirming your new PIN.


  • Click “Windows Hello Fingerprint”
  • Click “Set up”
  • Windows Hello will open up. Click “Get started.”
Windows Hello window
You can use Windows Hello to set up your fingerprint as a sign-in method.
  • If you’ve already set up your PIN, you’ll be prompted to enter it in here
  • Next, you’ll be asked to your raise your finger and place it on the fingerprint scanner repeatedly
Fingerprint sensor instructions
You will need to lower and raise your finger on the sensor repeatedly so it can capture your fingerprint.
An image of a fingerprint, which is highlighted in blue as the fingerprint is captured.
As you raise and lower your finger, this graphic will show you how much of your fingerprint has been captured.
  • Then, you’ll be asked to do the same, angling your finger differently each time
More instructions for capturing your fingerprint
Next, you’ll need to shift the angle as you raise and lower your finger.
  • If you haven’t done so already, you’ll then be asked to choose a PIN as a backup. Click “Set up PIN” to continue.
Instructions asking to set up a PIN as a backup
Windows will recommend you set up a PIN as a backup.


Microsoft’s picture password option allows you to use a sequence of gestures paired with a picture to sign in. Instead of using a PIN or password, you’ll have to draw on a picture.

  • Click on “Picture Password” in “Sign-in settings”
  • Click “Add”
  • You’ll be taken to the picture password setup page and asked to enter your Microsoft account password into a pop-up window
  • Click “Choose picture”
Picture password welcome screen
Click on “Choose picture” to begin setting up your picture password.
  • A window will open, and you’ll be able to browse through your photos. Select a picture, and then click “Open.”
  • Click “Use this picture” to proceed or “Choose new picture” to select a different picture
Picture password setup page for choosing an image
If you’re happy with that picture, click “Use this picture” to continue.
  • You’ll then be asked to draw three gestures — lines, circles, and taps — on the image. To sign in, you’ll have to repeat the gestures in the same order and in the same position on the image.
Picture password setup page for choosing gestures
The three gestures you draw directly on the image will serve as your picture password.
  • Then you’ll have to confirm your picture password by doing those same three gestures again. If you can’t remember, click “Start over.”
  • Click “Finish” on the next screen to complete setup.
Picture password setup completion page
You’ve finished setting up your picture password.

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