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How to Use a PIN Instead of a Password in Windows 8

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Entering your full password on a touch screen device can really become a pain in the neck, luckily for us we can link a short 4 digit PIN to our user account and log in with that instead.

Note: PIN codes are nowhere near as safe as using an alphanumeric password, however, they do still have a purpose when you don’t want to enter your 15 character password on a touch screen device.

Creating a PIN

Press the Win + I keyboard combination to bring up the Settings Charm, then click on the Change PC settings link.

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This will open up the Modern UI PC Settings app, where you can click on the Users section.

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On the right hand side you will see a Create a PIN button, click on it.

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Now you will need to verify that you are the owner of this user account by entering your password.

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Then you can choose a PIN, remember that it can only contain digits.

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Now when you get to the login screen you will have the option to use a PIN.

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Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 12/3/12

Comments (7)

  1. Nick

    Can I Use both PIN and Picture password?

  2. owen123

    @Nick

    You can click on sign in options on the lock menu the click on the picture icon, and vice versa.

  3. chathuravita

    What is the difference between 4 digit password vs PIN

  4. Herman

    @Nick I believe you can.

    @chathuravita A PIN code only contains 4 numerals. A 4 digit password can have letters and special characters in it as well.

  5. Kevin

    I thought I was going to like Windows 8 after using the developers preview, the consumer preview and the the 90 day free trial of the RTM Enterprise version after the release of Windows 8. I purchased a new laptop running Windows 7 after July 31, so it qualified for the $14.99 upgrade. I purchased it, downloaded it, tried to install it and it failed. I tried 4 times and for the first time since I’ve been using Windows, I actually called MS support. They couldn’t even get it to install remotely. I was still on the fence anyway and I’m almost glad it did not work, because now my laptop can continue to run 7 and as far as the $16.08, I’ll try to get a refund and if I can’t, I’ll just reinstall the 90 day Enterprise RTM and count that as a 3 month rental for $14.99. Oh well.

  6. nt0xik8ed

    that’s better. when i made my windows live account a few years ago it has a pretty long drawn out password.

  7. sid

    Use a picture password instead and be done..

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