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Windows 8 introduces two new ways of authenticating yourself other than just using a password. Now you can use a Picture Password, which uses gestures, as well as PIN code. Here’s how they both work.
Setting Up A Picture Password
Creating a Picture Password is done through the new Metro Control Panel, so to get started, launch it from the new start screen.
In the left-hand panel select users, and the option to create a Picture Password will appear on the right hand side.
Then you will be prompted for your current password.
You now have to select a picture that will be used to pick out the secret gestures on, so click the Choose picture button.
This will bring up the new Metro file picker, which will display all your pictures that you have in the Pictures library as tiles, where you can simply click on a picture and click the Open button.
You’ll get a confirmation, where you’ll want to select “Use this picture”.
Now you’ll be asked to set up your gestures, which can be clicks, straight lines, or circles. If you’re using the mouse, clicks are probably the best idea.
For example, you can choose 3 clicks on various parts of the tree in the picture.
You can even mix it up and add a circle, just remember when using circles that you also have to remember the size of the circle.
Finally you could add a straight line, but remember that the length of the line will matter when you have to enter your password, not only the location.
Now when you need to log in, you will be presented with a screen that looks something like this.
You will now need to input your gestures, a nice feature if you really don’t care for remembering a password, and are not that worried about security!
Note: obviously the gestures are really meant for a touch screen.
Setting Up A PIN
A PIN (Personal Identification Number) is almost the same as a password except you can only use numbers, and it must be 4 digits long—which doesn’t seem that secure, but there’s a chance they will allow longer PIN codes in future versions of Windows 8.
To setup a PIN, head to the Metro Control Panel, click on Users, and then click on Create a PIN.
Now you will have input your password.
Now you will be asked what PIN you want to use, remember 4 DIGITS.
Now when you go to log in, all you have to do is input the 4 Digit number.
Keep in mind that you can continue using a password if you prefer.
Apart from the traditional local account, Windows 8 allows its users to log in to it in new ways: Windows Live account, PIN logon and picture password. Some of you may don’t know what PIN is, or don’t know what Windows 8 PIN is for, then this article will answer both the question, and guide you how to set up PIN Logon in Windows 8.
What is Windows 8 PIN Logon?
A PIN (Personal Identification Number) is almost the same as the regular password except you can only use numbers, and it has to be 4 digits long. PIN logon is another way for Windows 8 users to log in PC, as an addition to the normal password. Plus, for the fact that it is only 4 digits long, it shall come in handy when your text password is too complicated on the virtual keyboard in the tablet, which boasts one of the key features of Windows 8, compatible to mobile devices like tablet and such.
How to Set Up PIN Logon in Windows 8?
Setting up your windows 8 PIN code is a very simple process, just follow the steps below:
1. On the default Metro style home window, click Control Panel, select Users, and then click on Create a PIN.
2. You’ll be prompted for the password of your current account. Enter the logon password and click on “OK” button.
That is all, quick and easy! Please remember your PIN number for that it might be used to unlock your PC. And when you log into Windows 8 next time, you’re prompted to enter your PIN instead of your password, Enter the four-digit PIN (you don’t have to press Enter when done) to log in.
How to Change Logon Options
If you prefer to sign in with your password or your picture password, you can just click “Sign in Options” to change. Choose the way you want to log in.
Plus, if you ever want to change or remove your PIN, just return to Users in PC settings and select.
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A picture password is an alternative to typing regular passwords when signing into Windows 10. Setting one up is pretty easy, and we’re going to walk you through it.
Windows 8 and Windows 10 each brought in new ways of signing into your account. You now have options like signing in using a PIN or a picture password built into your basic account options. With the right add-on hardware, you can use Windows Hello to sign on with a fingerprint or even your webcam. And that’s all in addition to the unified login across devices you get when you use an online Microsoft account rather than a local user account.
What Is a Picture Password?
The picture password offers a way to sign in that’s easier than remembering and typing a long password, more friendly to touchscreen devices, and honestly a little more fun in general. You sign in by drawing shapes, tapping the right points, or making the right gestures over an image that you choose in advance.
Picture passwords are as secure as PINs, which is pretty secure. The data is stored locally, so someone must have your device to use them. But you must keep in mind that picture passwords and PINs aren’t really intended to provide an extra layer of security. At sign in, you always have the option of using your regular password instead of the picture password or PIN you have set up. All you have to do is click the “Sign-in options” text and then choose which way you want to sign in.
Put more simply: Picture passwords are easier and quicker, and offer an equivalent level of protection—but not any added protections—to passwords.
Keep in mind, though, that tapping and drawing gestures on screen leaves behind oils and other smears. In the right light at the right angle, someone might be able to decode your gestures—but a quick wipe of the screen after drawing your password should alleviate this.
How to Set Up a Picture Password
Setting up a picture password is pretty straightforward. Just hit Windows+I to bring up the Settings window and then click “Accounts.”
On the “Accounts” page, select the “Sign-in options” tab on the left and then, on the right, click the “Add” button in the “Picture Password” section.
Windows will ask you to verify that you’re the owner of the account by entering your password. Type your password and click “OK.”
In the “Picture Password” window, click the “Choose Picture” button. Using the Open/Save As dialog box, locate and select the picture you want to use. It will look best if you use a high resolution, full screen image.
After choosing the picture, click the “Use this picture” button to continue or click the “Choose new picture” button if you want to try something else.
Next, you’re going to draw three gestures on the picture. You can click and drag to draw a simple shape like a circle or triangle or you can just click to create a tap. As you draw each gesture, you’ll see the numbers move from one to three. In this example, for the first two gestures, I’m drawing circles that match the lenses of the glasses and a final tap on the nose.
After drawing your three gestures, you’ll be asked to draw them all again to confirm the password. If you mess up at any point while drawing or confirming the gestures, just click the “Start over” button to try again.
After you’ve successfully confirmed the gestures, click “Finish” to implement your new picture password.
Now, when you sign in, your sign-in screen will look something like the example below. Just draw your gestures on the picture and Windows will sign you right in.
You can also click “Sign-in options” if you prefer to sign in using another method like a PIN or regular password. Windows will remember the last sign-in method you used and present that as the initial option on your next sign-in.
Windows 8 has a feature where you can login to your Windows account using a 4-digit PIN. This PIN can consist of any number and is useful if your normal login password is too complicated to type on the virtual keyboard in a tablet. When using a 4 digit PIN there are a total of 10,000 combinations and it should be noted that using touch can leave fingerprints or smudges that may make it easier for people to determine your PIN. Therefore, this feature should only be used if necessary or for limited periods of time when your tablet is not connected to a keyboard.
To enable a PIN password, type pin at the Windows 8 Start Screen and then click on the Settings category as shown below.
When the search results appear, click on the Create or change PIN option to open the User Settings screen.
On the above screen click on the Create a PIN button. You will now be shown a screen asking you to confirm the password for the current account that you are configuring to use a PIN.
Enter the password for the currently logged in account and then press the OK button. You will now be shown a screen where you will need to create the PIN that you would like to use to login to your account.
A PIN is a 4 digit code that can consist of only numbers. With this said, a valid PIN is 1921. An invalid PIN would be 8a2& as it contains characters and symbols, which are not allowed. When creating the PIN you are also allowed to use the same number twice. To create your PIN, enter the same 4 digit PIN in each of the fields. Once you are done entering your PIN, click on the Finish button. Your PIN will now be activated and ready to use when you login to Windows.
When you next login to your account you will now be presented with a prompt to enter your PIN.
Simply enter your 4 digit PIN and you will be logged into Windows. If you forget your PIN, you can click on the Sign-in options link and click on the key icon. This will bring you back to a normal textual password prompt where you can use your normal password to login.
If at any time you wish to remove the PIN you can go back into the User settings screen and click on the Remove button as shown in the image below.
If you have any questions regarding this process, please feel free to ask us in the Windows 8 Forum.
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Recreating gestures on a picture is a clever and creative way to log yourself into Windows 10.
Windows 10 offers a variety of ways you can log in to authenticate yourself, from a regular password and a PIN to your fingerprint and even your face. But one effective and entertaining way to log in is through a picture password.
Using this method, you create a series of three lines, dots, or circles on an image of your choice. You then recreate those gestures on the same image each time you wish to log in. As long as you remember the gestures and recreate them successfully, you’re in.
The trick is to make your picture password gestures easy enough for you to remember but complex enough so someone else wouldn’t be able to guess them. Picture passwords work best on a touch-screen tablet, but you can also use them on a standard PC via your mouse. Let’s look at how to set up and use them.
First, find a photo or image that you want to use for your picture password. You can download a cool image from the internet or use a favorite photograph from your library. You can even take a photo with your PC’s camera and save that to your Pictures folder. Just make sure the image is one that lends itself to creating and recreating lines, dots, or circles easily enough.
Next, click on the Start button > Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options. On the right pane of the Sign-in options screen, scroll down to the category for Picture Password. Click on the Add button.
Enter your password at the Windows security prompt and then click OK. Windows displays a generic image along with details on how to set up your picture password. Click on the “Choose Picture” button to pick an image from your own Photos library.
Browse to and double-click a photo stored on your computer.
If you’re happy with the picture, you can drag it up, down, left, or right to position it the way you like. Then click on the “Use this picture” button. If you’re not crazy about the image, then click on the “Choose new picture” button to select a new image and try again.
After you’ve chosen your preferred image, you’re asked to create three gestures that can be any combination of circles, lines, and taps. At the initial screen to “Set up your gestures,” use your mouse, a stylus, or your finger to draw a circle, line, or dot anywhere on the screen. After you create your first gesture, Windows prompts you to create the second gesture, and then the third one.
Windows displays an outline of the gesture on the screen so you can see it. If you make a mistake or aren’t happy with a certain gesture, click on the “Start over” button to take another stab at creating the gestures. Make sure you remember not only each gesture but their locations as you create all three. After you’ve created the three gestures, Windows asks you to draw them again to confirm them. Recreate each of the three gestures.
If you’re successful, Windows congratulates you. If not, you’ll have to try again. When done, click on the Finish button.
To try out your picture password, click on the Start button, click on your account photo, and then click on the Sign out command. To log back in, press any key to get past the lock screen. You’ll then see the Sign-in options screen displaying your picture.
Draw the three gestures that you created to sign in. If you’ve matched them closely enough, Windows then welcomes you aboard. If not, you’ll have to try again. If you forget your picture password gestures or don’t want to use them, click on the Sign-in options link at the Sign-in screen and click on one of the other buttons to use your regular password, your PIN, or another method that you may have set up.
For more, check out these other Windows 10 tutorials:
The trick is to make your picture password gestures easy enough for you to remember but complex enough so someone else wouldn’t be able to guess them. Picture passwords work best on a touch-screen tablet, but you can also use them on a standard PC via your mouse. Let’s look at how to set up and use them. \r\n\r\n
First, find a photo or image that you want to use for your picture password. You can download a cool image from the internet or use a favorite photograph from your library. You can even take a photo with your PC’s camera and save that to your Pictures folder. Just make sure the image is one that lends itself to creating and recreating lines, dots, or circles easily enough. \r\n\r\n
Next, click on the Start button > Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options. On the right pane of the Sign-in options screen, scroll down to the category for Picture Password. Click on the Add button. \r\n\r\n
Enter your password at the Windows security prompt and then click OK. Windows displays a generic image along with details on how to set up your picture password. Click on the \”Choose Picture\” button to pick an image from your own Photos library. \r\n\r\n
Browse to and double-click a photo stored on your computer. \r\n\r\n
If you’re happy with the picture, you can drag it up, down, left, or right to position it the way you like. Then click on the \”Use this picture\” button. If you’re not crazy about the image, then click on the \”Choose new picture\” button to select a new image and try again. \r\n\r\n
After you’ve chosen your preferred image, you’re asked to create three gestures that can be any combination of circles, lines, and taps. At the initial screen to \”Set up your gestures,\” use your mouse, a stylus, or your finger to draw a circle, line, or dot anywhere on the screen. After you create your first gesture, Windows prompts you to create the second gesture, and then the third one. \r\n\r\n
Windows displays an outline of the gesture on the screen so you can see it. If you make a mistake or aren’t happy with a certain gesture, click on the \”Start over\” button to take another stab at creating the gestures. Make sure you remember not only each gesture but their locations as you create all three. After you’ve created the three gestures, Windows asks you to draw them again to confirm them. Recreate each of the three gestures. \r\n\r\n
If you’re successful, Windows congratulates you. If not, you’ll have to try again. When done, click on the Finish button. \r\n\r\n
To try out your picture password, click on the Start button, click on your account photo, and then click on the Sign out command. To log back in, press any key to get past the lock screen. You’ll then see the Sign-in options screen displaying your picture. \r\n\r\n
Draw the three gestures that you created to sign in. If you’ve matched them closely enough, Windows then welcomes you aboard. If not, you’ll have to try again. If you forget your picture password gestures or don’t want to use them, click on the Sign-in options link at the Sign-in screen and click on one of the other buttons to use your regular password, your PIN, or another method that you may have set up. \r\n\r\n
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I understand you are having trouble removing the pin, but don’t worry, I will be here to help. Before trying some solutions, try updating your Windows 10 to the latest version. You can check for Windows Update updates in Settings app, if your Windows is up to date, now you can proceed with below methods:
Let’s try Deleting the NGC folder from your device
1. Press Windows Key+ E to open the File Explorer window, then navigate to this location on your drive
2. Go inside the Ngc folder.
3. Press Shift+A to select all the contents of the Ngc folder and press Shift+Delete to empty the folder.
If you can’t delete the folder try giving you perms to make changes to the NGC folder by altering your permissions, follow the steps below:
1. Press Windows Key + E to open File Explorer and click View > Show/hide and check Hidden items.
3. Then right click on Ngc folder and select Properties.
4. On property sheet, switch to Security tab, click Advanced.
5. Moving on, click on Change link against Owner under Advanced Security Settings for Ngc window. Take the ownership of Ngc folder using these steps below:
a. Open Command Prompt with administrative privileges.
Note: To do this Press the Start Menu and search for cmd, in the first result right-click on it and run like administrator
b. Use the following commands to take ownership:
takeown /F “full path of folder/drive“ /R
Note: In this case
When it finishes we can proceed
4. Now, you must check Replace owner on subcontainers and objects and Replace all child object permission entries with inheritable permission entries from this object. Now click Change permissions.
5. Then click Add button.
6. Next, in the Permission entry for Ngc, click Select a principal.
7. Now enter SYSTEM as object name and click Check Names. Then click OK. Then back to above shown window, check Full control under Basic permissions. Click OK.
Once you provided full control to yourself, you should try to delete it now.
4. Now, press Windows Key+I to open the Settings application. Click on “Accounts“.
5. In the Accounts, on the left side, click on Sign-in options.
6. Now, click on Windows Hello PIN.
7. Check if you have the options now.
Turn off the PIN using the group policy editor. (Windows 10 Pro)
1. Press the Windows Key + R to open the Run dialog box, type gpedit.msc and press enter.
2. Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon.
3. On the right side, double-click on Turn on PIN sign-in and select Disable or change the value to 0.
Note: Similarly disable the other Windows Hello options if any.
4. Restart and check if the issue persists.
If you need more help with this issue, just let me know, and I will help you.
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Picture Password is one of the lesser known features present in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. This unique feature lets you use a picture as your user account password, hence the name Picture Password. You can use a combination of three gestures (circle, straight lines, and taps) to sign-in to your account, and according to Microsoft, Picture Password is more secure when compared to a traditional password.
If you’re on Windows 7, Vista, or XP, and like the idea of signing-in by making gestures or forming patterns, you can now get a similar feature in Windows 7 and previous versions with the help of a third-party tool. Pasqui, the developer behind popular Modern App Link (the tool that lets you create Modern app shortcuts on desktop), has released a new software to add pattern login support to Windows 7, Vista, and Windows XP.
Modern Login enables you add Windows 8/8.1-style lock screen as well as picture password (pattern login) to your Windows 7 or previous versions. Although Modern Login is a screen saver and gets activated after a specified period of inactivity (just like any other screen saver out there), support for pattern login is what makes this screen saver stand out from other screen savers.
However, unlike Picture Password in Windows 8/8.1, you can’t use Modern Login (pattern login) as a replacement for your existing password.
The other important thing to notice is that you can’t use this pattern login as your actual user account password. Because of the fact that pattern login or Modern Login is a screen saver and third-party one, if you have protected your user account with Windows password, you will have to use that Windows password to sign-in to your account. Moreover, you will get to see this pattern login screen only after some pre-defined period of system inactivity. So, you won’t see pattern login screen when you boot up your PC.
To start with, you can select your own background picture, set your own pattern, and select tile color for pattern login. Modern Login also lets you customize its lock screen by allowing you customize text color on the lock screen, time format, date format, and even select a closing sound.
How to install and use pattern login:
Step 1: Head over to this page (it’s a non-English site, scroll down the page to see Download button), download Modern Login zip file, and extract it on to the desktop to get a .scr file.
Step 2: Right-click on the .scr file, click Install button to install it.
Step 3: Next, right-click on .scr (screen saver) file again, and this time click Configure button to see options to customize lock screen and set pattern login.
Step 4: Once configured, right-click on desktop, click Personalize to open personalization window, click Screen Saver to open Screen Saver Settings dialog box, make sure that Modern Login is set as current screen saver, set the wait time, and finally click Apply button.
Step 5: From now on, you’ll see Windows 8-style lock screen on your screen after a specified period of inactivity. Slide up the lock screen to see the pattern login screen. Form the right pattern and then click next arrow to see your desktop.
Please note that there is a hidden bug in the current version of Modern Login using which one can sign-in without forming the right pattern! Check out the screen saver and let us know if you come across that hidden bug.
I am posting this under “Ease of Access”. Maybe it should be “Not Easy to Access Anymore”.
Four days into a new computer, this one running Windows 10, ver 1909, bld 18363.720. Hoping to have some of the same features as Win XP (praise rings loud) and Win 7 (more praise), I have tried in vain to find someone who can help me DISABLE/REMOVE the Windows Logon PIN permanently.
In previous versions, user was given a choice of a PIN or NONE, ie, a simple “ENTER” was sufficient to continue booting up.
As far as security, my laptop stays home. My wife and I are the only souls in the house. We live in a gated community. We have VPN and TOR encrypted and removable drives and flash drives and notebooks we keep in a couple of languages using abbreviations and joke-words that are personal to us and etc and etc.
When Microsoft changes the layout of screens, adding buttons, deleting buttons, changing the functions of buttons, changing and deleting functions, it makes it very difficult for the MPVs and other computer geeks to help. Frustrating. I have often wondered just how much Microsoft designers and programmers are overruled when trying to incorporate the results produced by customer testing and other Beta activity.
Just to reiterate-I want to be able press “Enter” when the Windows logon pin/password/? is asked for. Just like with Win XP and Win 7. In other words, how do I DISABLE/REMOVE the Windows Logon PIN/password permanently?
Microsoft Windows 8 has introduced many revolutionary concepts and new features. For instance, it has introduced two new ways of logging in – by using Picture Password or by using PIN.
A Picture Password enables you to use a picture from your library as a password. You have to perform three gestures on the picture that you want to use as your password. For example, you can select, draw and resize some portion of the picture as you want.
Set up Picture Password in Windows 8.1
Follow these steps:
1. Open Control Panel by clicking on the Control Panel option in the default Metro style home screen.
2. In the Control Panel window, select Users and then click on the Create a Picture Password option.
3. Then you will be asked to enter your Login Password, before you can set a picture password. Make sure that your Windows 8 account has a password. If you haven’t got one, you cannot create a picture password.
4. After that, browse to the picture that you want to use as your password and select it.
5. You will be asked to perform 3 gestures which can be either selecting, resizing, creating straight lines or circles. You will need to redraw the pattern for confirmation.
Bingo! You have successfully setup a Picture Password. You will be asked to redraw the pattern at your next login.
If you think that Picture Password is too complicated for you but you still want to experience a change in the method of login, Microsoft Windows 8 has a solution for you in the form of PIN.
Though this method is faster than traditional login and Picture Password, it is less secure than Picture Password, as it can have at most four digits as a password. Still it is worth a try if you are using a touch based device.
Set up a PIN logon in Windows 8.1
Follow these steps to do it:
1. Click Create a Pin option in Pin login section.
2. You will be prompted to enter your Windows user account password. Click OK to continue.
3. Enter PIN number of your choice and click Finish button to complete the setup.
If you don’t want to use any of these methods, you can always stick to the traditional method of logging in to your Windows, at any time you want.
Date: September 22, 2014 Tags: Login, Windows 8