How to enable PIN sign-in for domain users in Windows 8

  • December 23, 2012
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Windows 8 has a feature where you can use a 4 digit PIN to sign-in to your Windows account. If you are a domain user, though, this feature is disabled by default. It is possible, though, for an Administrator to enable a policy that allows this feature to be used by domain users. If you wish to enable this feature for domain users, please follow the steps below.

Note: If you are not using Windows 8 Professional or Enterprise you will not have access to the group policy editor. Instead you should follow the instructions here.

To access the Group Policy Editor in Windows 8, you should type Group Policy in the Start Screen and then click on the Settings category. The option for Edit Group Policy should now appear. Click on the Edit Group Policy option and the Group Policy editor will open. Under Local Computer Policy expand the tree to the following path:

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon

When you see Logon select it so that the screen looks like the following:

 

Logon Policies

 

In the right-hand pane you should now see a variety of settings. Double-click on the Turn on PIN sign-in setting and its properties screen will open.

 

Pin sign-in policy

 

Select the Enabled radio button and then click on the Apply button. Finally click on the OK button and close the Group Policy Editor. Windows 8 will now allow domain users to use PIN sign-in on a domain.

If you are not using Windows 8 Professional or Enterprise you will not have access to the Group Policy Editor. Instead you will need to enable the setting through the Windows Registry. This setting can be enabled by creating the AllowDomainPINLogon REG_DWORD value under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System Registry key and setting it to 1.

Note: You should only use these Registry files if you do not have access to the Group Policy Editor.

If you do not feel comfortable editing the Registry, you can download this Registry file that will enable PIN sign-in for domain users:

http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/reg/windows-8/policies/system/EnPin.reg

Just download the above Registry file and double-click on it. When it asks if you wish to merge the data, click on the Yes button.

If you want to disable the ability for domain users to use PIN sign-in you can run this Registry file:

http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/reg/windows-8/policies/system/DisPin.reg

If you have any questions regarding this process, please feel free to ask us in the Windows 8 Forum.

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