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