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See this article, if you can't add sign-in PIN for Windows 10. On Windows 10 V1607+, this is a known issue & can be fixed using registry manipulation.

Microsoft provided convenience PIN as one of sign-in option in Windows 10. The ‘convenience‘ term used here implies that PIN is easy to remember and is handy to use. We all know that PIN sign-in option is much safer than using traditional password for login.

Well, if you’re on Windows 10 V1607 or later and joined to Active Directory domain, you might not be able to add PIN. When you go to Settings app > Accounts > Sign-in options and try opt to add PIN, the option is dimmed/disabled (refer screenshot below).

FIX Cant Add Sign-in PIN For Windows 10

If you’re also experiencing this issue, the nothing to worry about because this is known problem. Microsoft says, this issue is expected because Windows 10 V1607 or later includes stronger authentication properties for Windows Hello for Business feature. This contradicts with the convenience PIN feature.

Using below mentioned registry manipulation, you can fix this issue.

FIX: Can’t Add Sign-in PIN For Windows 10

Registry Disclaimer: The further steps will involve registry manipulation. Making mistakes while manipulating registry could affect your system adversely. So be careful while editing registry entries and create a System Restore point first.

1. Press W8K + R and put regedit in Run dialog box to open Registry Editor (if you’re not familiar with Registry Editor, then click here). Click OK.

Windows 10 Registry Editor

2. In left pane of Registry Editor window, navigate to following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System

FIX Cant Add Sign-in PIN For Windows 10

3. Now in the right pane of System registry key, right click in blank space, select New > DWORD Value. Name the newly created registry DWORD (REG_DWORD) as AllowDomainPINLogon. Double click on this registry DWORD to modify its Value data:

FIX Cant Add Sign-in PIN For Windows 10

4. Finally, set the Value data to 1 and click OK. Close Registry Editor and reboot to make changes effective.

After restarting your system, you’ll find that you can add sign-in PIN now.

FIX Cant Add Sign-in PIN For Windows 10

FIX via Group Policy: If you fix this issue on multiple machines in your organization/workplace, you can deploy the relevant GPO setting. Configure Turn on convenience PIN sign-in setting at Computer configuration > Administrative templates > System > Logon to Enabled.

Hope this helps!

Read next: PIN not working in Windows 10.


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