A Guide to Turning Security Questions On or Off for Local Accounts in Windows 11

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The article details the steps to enable or disable the use of security questions for local accounts in Windows 11. It highlights the benefits of such security questions, like added account safety and easy password recovery. The methods involved using the ‘Local Group Policy Editor’ or the ‘Windows Registry Editor.’ Disabling security questions implies utilizing…

This article explains the steps you can take to turn on or off the use of security questions for local accounts in Windows 11.

Windows makes setting up a local Home and Pro editions account difficult. Howerver, if you manage to set one up, you will be required to answer three security questions, which will be used to help you reset your lost password.

Setting up security questions provides an extra layer of security and can help recover and restore your account.

If you choose to disable the security questions in Windows, local accounts cannot reset their passwords. Users will have to find other means to restore their accounts in Windows.

Turn on or off the security questions for local accounts in Windows 11

As described above, Windows forces users to answer security questions for local accounts when setting up. This adds a layer of security and can help users reset their passwords.

Here’s how to disable or enable the use of security questions.

First, open the Local Group Policy Editor.

Click on the Start menu button and search for “Edit group policy. “ Under Best match, select Edit group policy result.

windows 11 edit group policy
windows 11 edit group policy

In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, expand the tree: 

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Credential User Interface

Then, in the Credential User Interface details pane on the right, locate and double-click the setting “Prevent the use of security questions for location accounts. “

Windows prevent the use of security questions for local accounts
Windows prevents the use of security questions for local accounts

On the Prevent the use of security questions for location accounts window, set the option to Not ConfigureEnabled, or Disabled.

  • Not Configured (default)
  • Enabled  – Will disable the use of the security questions for local accounts.
  • Disabled – Same as Not Configured – Windows forces users to use security questions for local accounts.
Windows prevent the use of security questions for local accounts options
Windows prevents the use of security questions for local account options

Save your changes, exit, and reboot.

Enable or disable the use of security questions for local accounts via the Windows Registry Editor.

If you can’t open the Local Group Policy Editor, use the Windows Registry editor instead.

Open the Windows Registry and navigate to the folder key path listed below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System

If you don’t see the System folder key, right-click on the Windows key, then create the subkey (System) folders.

Windows registry editor for disabling security questions
Windows registry editor for disabling security questions

Right-click on the System folder key’s right pane and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Type a new key named NoLocalPasswordResetQuestions.

Double-click the new value name (NoLocalPasswordResetQuestions) and enter the Value data of 1 to disable the use of security questions for local accounts.

Value data of 0 or deleting the key will allow users to complete security questions for local accounts.

Windows registry editor for disabling security questions value data
Windows registry editor for disabling security questions value data

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable the use of security questions for local accounts in Windows 11. Please use the comment form below if you find any errors above or have something to add.

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