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In this article, learn how to use registry and Group Policy to assign or manage default credential provider in Windows 10.

Windows 10 comes with different credential providers. The credential providers available in Windows 10 at the moment are:

  • Automatic Redeployment Credential Provider
  • Smartcard Reader Selection Provider
  • Smartcard WinRT Provider
  • PicturePasswordLogonProvider
  • Generic Provider
  • TrustedSignal Credential Provider
  • FIDO Credential Provider
  • NPProvider
  • Secondary Authentication Factor Credential Provider
  • CngCredUICredentialProvider
  • PasswordProvider
  • FaceCredentialProvider
  • Smartcard Credential Provider
  • Smartcard Pin Provider
  • WinBio Credential Provider
  • IrisCredentialProvider
  • PINLogonProvider
  • NGC Credential Provider
  • CertCredProvider
  • WLIDCredentialProvider

Since there are so many credentials providers available, this raises the requirement of managing default credential provider. But there is no direct setting to manage default credential provider in Windows 10. Hence you need to apply a GPO setting for this.

How To Manage Default Credential Provider In Windows 10

You can perform below mentioned steps to assign or manage default credential provider for your Windows 10 machine.

How To Manage Default Credential Provider In Windows 10

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\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\Credential Providers

How To Manage Default Credential Provider In Windows 10

3. Expand Credential Providers registry key. Then each of the sub-keys will correspond to a specific credential provider. To identify which sub-key correspond to which provider, you can check the Data for (Default) registry string (REG_SZ) in the corresponding right pane.

For example, as in above shown screenshot, {cb82ea12-9f71-446d-89e1-8d0924e1256e} registry sub-key corresponds to PIN credential provider.

Note down the sub-key name, which is actually a CLSID. We’ll use this CLSID later here.

FYI: GPO snap-in is not available in Windows 10 Home editions. If you’re on Windows 10 Home and want to use Group Policy, go here and upgrade to Pro edition.

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

Local Group Policy Editor

5. Next, in the GPO snap-in window, navigate here:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > Logon

How To Manage Default Credential Provider In Windows 10

6. In the right pane of the above-shown window, look for the policy setting named Assign a default credential provider. The policy is Not Configured by default. Double click on it to get this window:

How To Manage Default Credential Provider In Windows 10

7. Finally, set the policy to Enabled state and in the Assign the following credential provider as the default credential provider input box, input the CLSID we got in step 3. Click Apply followed by OK.

Close the Group Policy snap-in and reboot the machine to make changes effective.

In this way, you can assign or manage the default credential provider in Windows 10.

That’s it!


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