How to Create a PIN for Your Windows 10 User Account

By Peter Weverka

A PIN (personal identification number) has two advantages over a password for your Windows 10 user account. One, a PIN consists of numbers, so it’s easier to remember and enter, especially with a virtual keyboard. Two, you don’t press the Enter key with a PIN, making it even faster to use.

  1. On the Start screen, select your user name and then choose Change Account Settings.

  2. On the Accounts screen, select Sign-in Options. Select the Add button under PIN.

    You can’t create a picture password or PIN if you don’t have a regular password.

  3. On the next screen, enter your current password and then select OK.

  4. On the Set Up a PIN screen, shown here, enter digits in the first box. Reenter those digits in the second box. Select OK. The next time you sign in, enter your PIN.

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    On the sign-in screen, you can switch to a password screen, even if you have a PIN. This feature enables you to sign in in case you don’t remember your PIN.