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).
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 + 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.
2. In left pane of Registry Editor window, navigate to following registry key:
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:
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.
Hope this helps!
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