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

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This article discusses how one can add or remove the use of ‘Windows Hello Fingerprint’ as a sign-in option and UAC credential provider in Windows 11. Though a more secure sign-in method, fingerprints may not always be compatible. The process involves navigating the Windows Registry Editor and modifying the ‘Disabled’ item under a specified registry…

This article explains how to add or remove the ability to use Windows Hello Fingerprint 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 PINfacial recognition, fingerprintpasskey, 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 fingerprint 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 one’s Fingerprint to sign in to Windows on the Sign-in screen and a UAC credential provider.

There could be various reasons why one might want to add or remove the ability to use Windows Hello Fingerprint as a sign-in option in Windows. For instance, if the fingerprint reader is not working properly or the user wants to switch to a different sign-in method, they may want to remove the fingerprint option.

On the other hand, if the user wants to add a layer of security to their device, they may want to enable Windows Hello Fingerprint as a sign-in option. It is important to note that not all devices support fingerprint sign-in, so compatibility issues may also play a role in whether or not to add or remove this option.

How to add or remove Fingerprint as a Sign-in option

As mentioned above, if you don’t want users using their fingerprints to sign into Windows or want to standardize the Windows sign-in process, you can remove the ability to use one’s Fingerprint 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\{BEC09223-B018-416D-A0AC-523971B639F5}

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 their fingerprints in Windows.

To allow all users to use their fingerprints, 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 ‘.

Windows 11 add or remove ability to use fingerprint

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 Fingerprint 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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