Windows Hello is a feature that allows you to sign in to your Windows 10 device using a PIN, fingerprint, or facial recognition. It is designed to provide a more personal and secure way to access your device and online services. However, some users may not want to use Windows Hello for various reasons, such as privacy, convenience, or compatibility. In this article, we will show you how to disable the “Use Windows Hello with your account” prompt that appears when you sign in to your Microsoft account on a Windows 10 device without using Intune.
When you sign in to your Microsoft account on a Windows 10 device, you may see a prompt that says “Use Windows Hello with your account” and asks you to set up a PIN or biometric sign-in option. This prompt is part of the Windows Hello for Business feature, which is enabled by default for Microsoft accounts. If you click “Set up now”, you will be taken to the Settings app where you can configure Windows Hello. If you click “Skip for now”, you will be able to sign in with your password, but the prompt will reappear the next time you sign in.
Some users may find this prompt annoying or intrusive, especially if they do not want to use Windows Hello or have already set it up on another device. They may also prefer to use their password or another sign-in option instead of Windows Hello. However, there is no obvious way to disable this prompt permanently from the Settings app or the Microsoft account website. The only option available is to turn off Windows Hello entirely, which may not be desirable for some users who want to use it on other devices.
Fortunately, there is a way to disable the “Use Windows Hello with your account” prompt without turning off Windows Hello completely or using Intune. This method involves editing the registry, which is a database that stores settings and information for Windows and other applications. Editing the registry can be risky if done incorrectly, so make sure you back up your registry before proceeding and follow the steps carefully.
To disable the “Use Windows Hello with your account” prompt, follow these steps:
- Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
- Type regedit and click OK to open the Registry Editor.
- Navigate to the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\PassportForWork
- If you do not see the PassportForWork key, right-click on the Microsoft key and select New > Key. Name it PassportForWork.
- Right-click on the PassportForWork key and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value. Name it Enabled.
- Double-click on the Enabled value and set its data to 0.
- Close the Registry Editor and restart your device.
After restarting your device, you should no longer see the “Use Windows Hello with your account” prompt when you sign in to your Microsoft account on that device. You can still use Windows Hello if you have already set it up or if you want to set it up later from the Settings app.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Here are some frequently asked questions related to this topic:
Question: What is Intune and why do I need it?
Answer: Intune is a cloud-based service that allows organizations to manage and secure their devices and applications. Intune can also be used to configure Windows Hello for Business settings for Microsoft accounts on enrolled devices. However, Intune requires a subscription and may not be available or suitable for personal or non-managed devices.
Question: Will disabling the “Use Windows Hello with your account” prompt affect my other devices?
Answer: No, disabling the prompt will only affect the device where you edited the registry. You will still see the prompt on other devices where you sign in to your Microsoft account unless you disable it on each device separately.
Question: How can I re-enable the “Use Windows Hello with your account” prompt if I change my mind?
Answer: To re-enable the prompt, you can either delete the Enabled value from the PassportForWork key in the registry or set its data to 1. Alternatively, you can use Intune to enable Windows Hello for Business for your Microsoft account on your device.
We hope this article has helped you learn how to disable the “Use Windows Hello with your account” prompt without using Intune. If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment below.
Disclamer: This article is for informational purposes only and not intended to provide professional advice or endorsement of any product or service. The article is based on our own research and opinions and may not reflect the views of Microsoft or any other entity. Editing the registry can be risky if done incorrectly, so make sure you back up your registry before proceeding and follow the steps carefully. We are not responsible for any damage or loss that may result from following the instructions in this article.