How to Enable or Disable Sign-in Option for Face Recognition in Windows 11

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The article guides on altering the ability to use Windows Hello facial recognition as a login option and UAC credential provider in Windows 11. While Windows Hello offers secure and personal sign-in options like facial recognition, it may not always be suitable. The post also details how to tweak the Windows registry to add or…

This article explains how to add or remove the ability to use Windows Hello facial recognition as a sign-in option and UAC credential provider in Windows 11.

Windows provides multiple options one can use to sign into a device. A more secure way to sign into Windows is to use Windows Hello. It provides a more personal and secure way to sign into Windows using a PIN, facial recognition, fingerprint, passkey, and more.

Users can also use a security key, a hardware device – usually a little USB key – that you can use instead of your username and password to sign in on the web.

A less secure way is to use a password.

Although using Windows Hello facial recognition technology is a more secure method, it may not be compatible in all scenarios. Some environments can remove it as a sign-in option and UAC credential provider. This will disable the ability to use facial recognition to sign in to Windows on the Sign-in screen and a UAC credential provider.

There are several reasons why someone might want to add or remove facial recognition as a sign-in option in Windows. First, facial recognition can be a more secure and convenient way to sign in to your device. By using Windows Hello facial recognition, you can quickly and easily log in to your device without entering your password every time.

However, there may be situations where facial recognition is not compatible or practical. For example, if you wear a mask or other facial covering that obscures your face, facial recognition may not work reliably. Additionally, some organizations or environments may have security policies in place that prohibit the use of facial recognition as a sign-in option. In these cases, it may be necessary to remove facial recognition as a sign-in option and use another method, such as a password or a security key, to log in to your device.

How to add or remove Facial Recognition as a Sign-in option

As mentioned above, if you don’t want users using their faces to sign into Windows or want to standardize the Windows sign-in process, you can remove the ability to use facial recognition as a sign-in option and UAC credential provider.

Here’s how to do it.

First, open Windows Registry Editor.

Then, navigate to the registry key below.

Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\Credential Providers\{8AF662BF-65A0-4D0A-A540-A338A999D36F}

Next, double-click the Disabled (REG_DWORD) name on the Explorer key’s right pane to open it. Then, enter a value 1 to disable users using facial recognition in Windows.

To allow all users to use facial recognition, simply delete the Disabled item.

If you do not see the ‘Disabled ‘item, right-click a blank area and create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value. Then, enter the name ‘Disabled ‘.

Disable facial recognition as sign-in option in Windows 11

You may have to restart your computer for the changes to apply.

Reference:

Microsoft

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to add or remove the ability to use Windows Hello facial recognition as a sign-in option and UAC credential prompt. If you find errors or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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