If you are using Windows 10 with a machine with a built-in camera or a fingerprint reader, you may come across the term" Windows Hello " when setting up login methods. But what does that mean? Let's find out.
What is Windows Hello?
First announced in 2015 , "Windows Hello " is Microsoft's sophisticated name for Windows 10 passwordless login security options. Several of these login options are biometric , which means they use an aspect of your body for verificationidentity.
This includes scanning your face or fingerprint using similar methods as Apple Face ID and Touch ID to access your Windows account. Windows Hello also allows the use of a PIN (Personal Identification Number) as an alternative to a password or in case of failure of biometric login methods.
Why would I want to use Windows Hello?
If you are tired of using a password to log into your Windows account (or have trouble remembering it), a biometric alternative might be preferable. Biometric logins also provide an additional level of security, since you must be physically present when logging in.
To use Windows Hello, your machine must either include a chaintegrated rge of biometric logins, either you will have to install a compatible biometric login device such than a webcam or a fingerprint reader. If you enable Windows Hello, Windows 10 password sign-in will be disabled, although your account password may still be required to access some system functions.
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How to configure or disable Windows Hello?
Accessing Windows Hello options in settings is easy. First, open the Settings app by clicking on the " gear icon "in your menuStart or by pressing Windows + i on your keyboard.
In Settings, click on "Accounts ".
In "Accounts ", select "Login options " in the sidebar.
Under sign-in options, you'll see a list of the Windows Hello sign-in methods listed in the “Manage how you sign in to your device.” This is what it does.es mean.
- Windows Hello Face: This allows you to log in with facial recognition. A special camera that supports this feature is required.
- Windows Hello fingerprint: This allows you to log in using a fingerprint reader, which can be built into your laptop or a USB fingerprint reader that you plug in.
- Windows Hello PIN code: This sets up a PIN code that serves as a backup in case of failure of biometric logins. You can also use it as the primary login option instead of a password.
- Security key: This allows you to log in with a security key, which is a small physical device that either plugs into your USB port or is read by a special RFID reader.
If Windows Hello is not currently activatedt, you can also see the options "Password " and "Picture password ", which are not part of Hello. To change the settings of any of them, click on the option and follow the instructions.
By default, when Windows Hello is enabled, you will not be able to log in with a password . If you want to disable any of the Windows Hello sign-in methods, you can click its item in the list and then select "Remove ". You can also locate the switch labeled "Require Windows Hello sign-in for accounts Microsoft ”and toggle it to“ Disabled ”.
After that close the settings and your changes will take effect immediately. You can quickly test any connection changes by press Windows + L on your keyboard to lock your screen. Good luck!
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