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

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The article provides a guide on how to add or remove local account passwords as a sign-in option and User Account Control (UAC) credential provider in Windows 11. The post emphasizes other secure sign-in alternatives including Windows Hello, security key, and PIN. The process involves navigating through the Windows Registry Editor and manipulating the ‘Disabled…

This article explains how to add or remove the ability to use local account passwords 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 recognitionfingerprintpasskey, 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.

For Windows devices set up with local accounts, they can enable or disable the ability to use passwords as a sign-in option and UAC credentials provider. When disabled, it will remove the Password credential provider from the UAC prompt and Sign-on options on the Sign-in screen.

There are several reasons why someone might want to add or remove a password as a sign-in option in Windows. One reason is to increase security by limiting the number of sign-in options available to users. Another reason is to simplify the sign-in process and reduce the steps required to access a device.

Additionally, removing passwords as a sign-in option can help prevent users from using weak passwords that are easy to guess or crack. Conversely, enabling passwords as a sign-in option may be necessary for users who cannot use other sign-in methods, such as Windows Hello or a security key.

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

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

Note: Before you disable password login, you must first add another sign-in option like Windows Hello PIN, Facial recognition, or Fingerprint.

If you do not set up another sign-in option, those accounts with passwords will not be able to log in again.

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\{60b78e88-ead8-445c-9cfd-0b87f74ea6cd}

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 local account passwords as a sign-in option in Windows.

To allow all users to use their passwords to sign into Windows, 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 ‘.

Add or remove passwords as sign-in option 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 the local account passwords sign-in option and UAC credential provider. If you find errors or have something to add, please use the comments form below.

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