Question from Bob S.: I had been using a pin instead of a password and that worked just fine.
I had some other issues and needed to do a safe boot. Then back to regular boot. Now it is asking for my password instead of a pin to log in.
I want to use my pin, but I don’t want to change it. The only options I have are change or remove the pin.
Is there a place I can say use my pin instead of my password? I want to keep the same pin I have been using. Don’t want to change it.
Any thoughts on what I might do? Thanks in advance … Bob
Rick’s answer: Bob, It’s a mystery to me why Microsoft decided to make the Windows pin/password system so confusing. But that being said, you can easily keep using the same pin you have been using if you wish to.
All you have to do is reset your pin to a temporary pin (5555 for example), then immediately reset it again back to the original pin.
I know that requires an extra (and in my opinion unnecessary) step, but it works. As of now Microsoft doesn’t provide an easier way to do what you’re wanting to do.
Note: You didn’t mention whether you are using Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, but the procedure described above will work for either version.
I hope this helps Bob. Good luck!
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