Windows 10 provides a much deeper level of integration with online Microsoft services as compared to any of its predecessors. The OS even makes your Microsoft account password as the default login password on your PC.
However, there are a few more convenient means of logging into your Windows 10 PC. These include Windows Hello (on supported devices), a physical security key and the good old PIN (also known as Personal Identification Number).
A significant number of users especially with older machines do not have Windows Hello compatible hardware and are hence left to choose between either a password and a PIN.
Most people end up using a PIN as it’s not only more convenient but also tied to your device, kept there locally and is backed by your hardware. This means that your PIN will only work on the device you set it upon. The PIN, unlike passwords, isn’t synced with any online accounts and hence never leaves your PC; leaving no chance for an interception or leak online.
You also need to have a PIN set up and in place if you want to use Windows Hello Face or Windows Hello Fingerprint as sign-in options into your PC.
While it’s not recommended to remove the PIN from your Windows machine as it only adds another layer of security, if for whatever reason you want to remove your PIN, here’s how you can do it in a few simple steps.
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Removing PIN from Windows 10
Step 1: Open Settings by pressing Windows Key + i. or using the Start menu.
Step 2: Search for Pin in the Find a Setting search box. Click on Set up a sign-in PIN from the options that appear below the box.
Step 3: You will see all your sign-in options, alongwith your Windows Hello PIN. Click on it to show further details and then on the Remove button to delete your PIN.
Step 4: Windows will ask whether you’re sure about removing your PIN. Click on Remove once more and your PIN will be removed.
As mentioned above, you won’t be able to use Windows Hello Fingerprint or Windows Hello Face sign-in options after you’ve removed the PIN from your device.