To set a PIN, you first need a password in Windows 11. After setting a password on a Microsoft account, you can set a PIN.
A PIN is a number or combination of numbers and letter codes that provide access to Windows 11. A PIN is often more accessible for many people to remember, so Microsoft added it to the login options. A PIN is part of Windows-hello.
Windows-hello is a set of login options that provide an alternative to a password. But what if you forgot the PIN to sign in to Windows 11?
If you have forgotten the PIN, then you can reset it. This is resetting the PIN to reaccess your PC.
You can restore a PIN in Windows 11 from the settings in Windows 11 or from the sign-in screen if you are not signed in.
I forgot my Pincode in Windows 11? How to Fix?
Reset the Windows 11 Pincode via the settings
If you are already logged into Windows, you can change the PIN code simply from the settings. Right-click on the Start button. In the menu, click on Settings.
On the left side of the menu, click Account and then Sign-in options. Then click on the link: I forgot my PIN.
You will then see the following message:
“Are you sure? You should only reset your PIN if you forgot it or it stopped working.
If you reset your PIN, apps might require you to sign in again, and any data that’s managed by an organization could be lost.
If your PIN still works but you want to change it anyway, go to Start > Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options and under PIN, select Change.”
Click continue if you are sure.
Follow the steps to reset the PIN. After completing the steps to reset a PIN and verifying that you own the Microsoft-account, you can create a new PIN to log in.
Reset the Windows 11 Pincode via the lock screen
If you cannot log in anymore because you forgot the PIN, you can reset the PIN via the lock screen (login screen).
Click on the account on the login screen to reset the PIN. Then click on the link: I forgot my PIN.
After this, you will need to verify that you are the owner of the Microsoft account whose PIN you want to reset. You can do that by signing in with the Microsoft account login information.
After verification, you can enter a new PIN and log that account into Windows 11 with the new PIN.
I hope to have helped you with this. Thank you for reading!
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