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Published: December 18, 2015 | Applies to:

Learn how to configure PIN complexity in Windows 10 and allow/force users to create composite PINs in your organization.

We have earlier told you about how to set up PIN in following article:

How to set up, change your PIN in Windows

In case, if you can’t change your PIN in Windows 10, then here is the fix for that:

Fix: “Something went wrong. Try again later” message while changing PIN in Windows 10

Now, in this article, we’re going to share how you can allow or force users to create complex PIN. We all are very much familiar with complex passwords but we can enhance security of our Windows by creating complex PINs too. PIN complexity is basically one of the new features introduced in Windows 10.

Recommended: What’s new in Windows 10 from security point of view

In your organization or domain, if you’re using Windows 10, then PIN complexity will definitely help you to enhance security of users. For this you’ve to configure the dedicated Group Policies for it, which will allow or prevent users from creating/changing PIN based upon your restrictions as (refer screenshot shown below).

How To Configure PIN Complexity In Windows 10

Here is how you configure these policies:

How To Configure PIN Complexity In Windows 10

1. Press W8K + R and put gpedit.msc in Run dialog box to open Local Group Policy Editor. Click OK.

Local Group Policy Editor

2. Next, in the Local Group Policy Editor window, navigate here:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Microsoft Passport for Work > PIN Complexity

How To Configure PIN Complexity In Windows 10

3. In the right pane of PIN Complexity folder, you’ll find 6 different policy to define complexity for PIN. Here is the importance of each policy and the options you’ve when setting is set to Enabled:

Policy Setting
Usage
Options
Use digits Configure the use of digits in the PIN.
  • Allow
  • Disallow
  • Required
Use lowercase letters Configure the use of lowercase letters in the PIN.
  • Allow
  • Disallow
  • Required
Maximum PIN length Configure the maximum number of characters allowed the PIN. The lowest number you can configure must be larger than the number configured in the Minimum PIN length policy setting or the number 4, whichever is greater.
Maximum = 127
Minimum = 4
Minimum PIN length Configure the minimum number of characters allowed the PIN. The largest number you can configure must be less than the number configured in the Maximum PIN length policy setting or the number 127, whichever is the lowest.
Maximum = 127
Minimum = 4
Use special characters Configure the use of special characters in the PIN.
  • Allow
  • Disallow
  • Required
Use uppercase characters Configure the use of uppercase letters in the PIN. Default : Windows allows to use uppercase letters.
  • Allow
  • Disallow
  • Required

Double click on your desired policy to edit its status:

How To Configure PIN Complexity In Windows 10

4. Finally, in the policy configuration window, click Enabled. Then from Options, choose whatever option you want. By configuring each policy as per your requirement, you’ll reach at stage when you’ve configured PIN complexity for your users.

That’s it! Also see how to create Picture Password in Windows.


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