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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