Fix: Sign In with PIN is not available in Windows 10

Signing in to your device with a four-digit PIN is the easiest way to unlock your Windows 10 device, rather than entering a big password every time you want to log in. But some Windows 10 users are facing a problem as they are unable to use this login feature. If you are facing the same problem, don’t worry. There are fixes available to solve your problem. For most of the cases, C: > Windows > ServiceProfiles > LocalService> AppData > Local > Microsoft > Ngc folder is the main reason to blame, but there may be a lot of reasons for which this problem can occur. So, let’s keep the reasons aside, and focus on the solutions.


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Users are also witnessing the various type of problem when they are trying to sign in with PIN-

1. Users are unable to add PIN– Users are complaining that they are trying to enter a PIN, but the “add PIN” option in Settings is not working for them.
2. Sign In options are not visible– Usually, there is multiple Sign in options are available on the login screen, but some users are reporting not seeing the options.
3. PIN sign-in is grayed (disabled)– Users can not use PIN sign-in feature as it is grayed( means disabled).

If you are witnessing any of the problems, go through these solutions. But before heading to the main solutions, try these initial workarounds.

Initial Workarounds-

1. Try updating your Windows 10 to the latest version. You can check for the updates from Windows Update in the Settings application.

2. Use the Tab key when you are logging in to your computer. You should be able to use the PIN to log in to the system.

If these initial workarounds didn’t work out for you, try these fixes on your device-

 

Fix-1 Delete  NGC folder from your computer-

Clearing all the contents of the NGC folder from your computer can fix the problem for you. Follow these steps to delete the NGC folder on your computer and then you can create a PIN on your system.

1. Press Windows Key+ E  to open the File Explorer window. Now, navigate to this location on your drive-

C: > Windows > ServiceProfiles > LocalService> AppData > Local > Microsoft > Ngc

 

Ngc

 

2. Go inside the Ngc folder.

3. Press Shift+A to select all the contents of the “Ngc” folder and press Shift+Delete to empty the folder.

4. Now, press Windows Key+I to open the Settings application. Click on “Accounts“.

 

New Accounts

 

5. In the Accounts, on the left side, click on “Sign-in options“.

6. Now, click on “Windows Hello PIN“.

 

Windows Pin

 

7. Now, click on “Add” to add a new PIN on system.

 

Add Pin

 

8. Now, in the Windows Security window, you have to enter your Microsoft Account password, and click on “OK“.

 

Verify Itsyou

 

9. Now, in the Set up a PIN window, enter a four-digit PIN and then re-enter it to confirm the PIN. Click on “OK“.

 

Pin Set

 


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Close the Settings application. Reboot your computer. In the login screen, use the PIN to log in to your device.

If you still can not use the PIN to log in, go for the next fix.

Fix 2 – Using Registry editor

1. Press Windows key + R key together from  the keyboard.

2. write regedit in it and click OK.

Press Win + R To Open Run Box, Type Regedit, Hit Ok

3. Once the registry editor opens up, take a backup before doing any change. Now, navigate to the following location in the registry editor

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System

4. On the right side create a key named AllowDomainPINLogon , if it does not exist.

For this, just right click on right side and choose New > DWORD (32 bit) and name it AllowDomainPINLogon .

 

Regedit Pin Reg Changes

 

5. Double click on AllowDomainPINLogon and change value data to 1.

Allowdomainpinlogon

6. close the registry editor and try again.

 

Fix-3 Remove and add PIN-

If you are unable to log in to your device using the PIN, follow these steps to remove and add the PIN again on your device.

1. Press Windows Key+I to open the Settings application. Click on “Accounts“.

 

New Accounts

 

2. In the Accounts, on the left side, click on “Sign-in options“.

3. Now, click on “Windows Hello PIN“. Now, click on “Remove“.

 

Remove Pin Win 10

 

4. Now, again click on “Remove“.

 

Final Remove Pin

 

5. Now, in the Windows Security window, enter the password of your Microsoft account and click on “OK“. This will remove the PIN form your system.

 

Verify Itsyou

 

6. Now, again click on “Windows Hello PIN“. Then, click on “Add” to add a new PIN.

 

Add Pin

 

7. Now, in the Windows Security window, you have to enter your Microsoft Account password, and click on “OK“.

 

Verify Itsyou

 

8. Now, in the Set up a PIN window, enter a four-digit PIN and then re-enter it to confirm the PIN.

9. Click on “OK“.

 

Pin Set

 

Close the Settings application. Reboot your computer. After rebooting, when you are logging in, use the PIN to log in.
(If you don’t see the PIN option, try pressing ‘Tab‘ followed by the four-digit PIN).

If you still can not use the PIN to log in, go for the next fix.

 

Fix-4 Use ‘I forgot my PIN’ option-

According to some users, they are able to use PIN Sign In the feature on their device as they have used ‘I forgot my PIN’ in the Settings. They recreated the security PIN on their device, and the problem is fixed. Follow these easy steps to try this method on your device-

1. Press Windows Key+I to open the Settings. Then, you have to click on “Accounts“.

 

New Accounts

 

2. In the Accounts, click on “Sign-in options“. Now, click on “Windows Hello PIN“.

3. Now, click on “I forgot my PIN“.

 

Forgot My Pin

 

4. Now, click on “Continue” if you are prompted with “Are you sure?

 


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Are You Surre

 

Now, follow the instructions, enter the Microsoft account password and either you can change the PIN or retrieve the old one.

After setting the PIN, reboot your computer. After rebooting, try entering the PIN during login.

If still you face the same problem, go for the next fix.

 

Fix-5 Create a new Administrator account-

You can create a separate administrator account and set up a PIN. This method has worked out for many users. Follow these steps to create a non-Microsoft account.

1. Press Windows Key+I to open the Settings application. Then, click on “Accounts“.

 

New Accounts

 

2. Now, on the left side panel, click “Family & other users” and then click on “Add someone else to this PC“.

 

Add Someone Else To Pc Win 10

 

3. Now, click on “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information“.

 

No Info

 

4. Now, in the Create account section, click on “Add a user without a Microsoft account“.

 

Add User Without A Ms Account

 

5. Now, in Create an account for this PC  window, enter the “User name“. Enter a password and re-enter it to confirm it. Click on “Next” to complete the account creation process.

 

Create An Account

 

6. Now, log off from your current account, and then log in with the new account.

In the new account, you have to set up a new PIN ( or the old one, it is your choice). Follow these steps to do it.

7. Press Windows Key+I to open the Settings application. In the Settings window, you will need to click on “Accounts“.

 

New Accounts

 

8. In the Accounts, on the left side, click on “Sign-in options“. Now, click on “Windows Hello PIN“.

 

Windows Hello Pin

 

9. To add a new PIN, click on “Add“.

 

Add Pin

 

10.  Now, in the Windows Security window, you have to enter your Microsoft Account password, and click on “OK“.

 

Verify Itsyou

 

11. Now, in the Set up a PIN window, enter a four-digit PIN and then re-enter it to confirm the PIN.

12. Finally, click on “OK“.

 

Pin Set

 

Close the Settings application. Reboot your computer. After rebooting, when you are logging in, use the PIN to log in.
(If you don’t see the PIN option, try pressing ‘Tab‘ followed by the four-digit PIN).

 


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Fix- 5 Modify TestHooks registry-

Modifying the ‘TestHooks‘ registry has solved the problem regarding PIN Sign in problem for many users. Follow these steps to attempt the fix on your device.

1. Press Windows key+R to launch Run, and type “regedit” and hit EnterRegistry Editor window will open.

 

Regedit

 

2. Now, on the left pane, navigate to this location-

Computer > HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows > CurrentVersion > Authentication > LogonUI > TestHooks

 

Testhooks

 

3. Now, try to find, “Threshold” key on the right pane of the Registry Editor , if you don’t find it. Right click on the empty space, and click on “DWord(32-bit) Value“.  Rename it as “Threshold“.

 

New Dword

 

4. Now, double click on “Threshold“. Change the “Value Data” to “0” and then click on “OK“.

 

Threshold

 

Now, close Registry Editor window.

Then, delete all the contents of C: > Windows > ServiceProfiles > LocalService> AppData > Local > Microsoft > Ngc folder. (Follow Fix-1).

Reboot your computer. After rebooting you should be able log in using the 4-digit PIN. If you are still unable to use the PIN, go for our next fix.

 

Fix-6 Check if CNG Key Isolation is running-

CNG Key Isolation is a LSA service which provides security to keys (passwords, PIN) or any other cryptographic service. Now, check if it is manually running on your device.

1. Press Windows Key+R to launch Run, and type “services.msc” and hit EnterServices window will open.

 

Services Run

 

2. Now, scroll down to find “CNG Key Isolation” and double click on it.

 

Cng Key Services

 

3. Now, in the CNG Key Isolation Properties window, check the ‘Service Status:’ as “Running” condition and also check if the “Startup type:” is “Manual“.
If the startup is set as anything other than “Manual“, click on “Startup type:” to set it as “Manual“. Now, click on “Start” then click on “Apply” and “OK” to save the changes.

 

Cng Key

 

Close Services window. Reboot your computer. After rebooting your computer, you should be able to log in to your computer with PIN easily.

 

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3 thoughts on “Fix: Sign In with PIN is not available in Windows 10”

  1. I have got the message “Something went wrong and your PIN isn’t available (code 0x8007007f) Click to set up your PIN again” If I click the message just reloads and the same happens if I click set up my PIN. I cannot access my files HELP!

  2. Hi,

    The only thing that worked for me is:

    [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]

    “AllowDomainPINLogon”=dword:00000001

    Tried all the options from this page and several others, this one does the trick.

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