Windows 10 allows you to set up several types of passwords for account logins. Image password is a feature introduced in Windows 8 that allows you to create three different gestures on an image of your choice and use these gestures as a password. A gesture can be a combination of circles, straight lines, and strokes.
Once you set a password for an image, anyone who wants to log in to your account should know these gestures. This Windows 10 feature provides a very high level of security. But once someone has seen your gesture, it’s very easy to use the same gesture the next time without knowing it. Some users have reported that they can’t see the Picture ID option in Windows 10. In this article, we’ll help you to fix the password-enabled image login option that doesn’t work in Windows 10.
Why isn’t the image password login option available in Windows 10
There is no denying that there are some reasons why the login options are missing from the Windows 10 login screen. However, this problem can also occur all of a sudden and for no reason. Some users have reported that this problem occurred after a Windows 10 update. This is probably a bug caused by a Windows update.
Another possible reason why Windows 10 login options are not displayed on the login screen is that the user profile may be corrupted due to a corrupted update.
In this case, you need to wait for the next update to fix the problem. You can also perform a fresh Windows 10 installation on your computer to restore the login options.
How to fix the “picture-password” login option unavailable in Windows 10
The picture password or PIN is disabled after joining the domain
- Press Windows + R to open the startup window, then type gpedit.MSC and press Enter.
- When the Group Policy Editor opens, navigate to the next key:
- Computer ConfigurationAdministrative TemplatesLogin
- In the right pane, double-click the Enable PIN Login option. Set it to Enabled and click Apply.
- Double-click the Disable PIN Login on Screen option and set it to Disabled. Click Apply.
- Once the system has rebooted, a password and PIN login image must be created and used.
PIN login is disabled after entering an incorrect PIN repeatedly
If you enter an incorrect PIN too many times, the PIN Login option will immediately disappear from the Windows Login screen. There is no other way to make the PIN work again except to continue logging in with other log-in options, delete the existing PIN, and set a new one.
If you have been unable to log in with your local Microsoft account/account, you no longer have access to your own computer. In this situation, you will have to use third-party boot disks to unlock your local Windows/Microsoft account.
Disable the “Do not show the last user name” policy.
- Press Windows + R to open the Startup window, then type secpol.MSC and press Enter.
- In the left pane of the Local Security Policy window, go to Local Policies > Security Options.
- On the right side, double-click the “Interactive login: do not display user name” setting. Now change the switch from On to Off and click Apply.
- Restart your computer and the Login Password / PIN options will be available again.
If you are using a version of Windows that does not have a Group Policy Editor, use this registry tip to disable this security policy:
- Press Windows + R to open a startup window, then type Regedit and press Enter.
- In the left pane of the registry editor, navigate to the following key:
- On the right-hand side, double-click on dontdisplaylastusername and change the value to 0.
- You will also need to reboot the computer for the changes to take effect. That’s it!
Frequently Asked Questions
On the right side, double-click the "Interactive login: do not show user's last name" setting. Change the radio button from "Enabled" to "Disabled" and click "Apply". Restart your computer and the password or PIN code options for logging in will be available again.
- Click the Start button and select Settings from the menu.
- Select Accounts.
- Select the login options on the left side.
- Tap Add under Image Password and enter your current password.
- Tap OK.
Go to Settings -> Accounts. Then go to Login options and select I forgot my PIN. Follow the instructions and enter your Microsoft account password. You can then set a new PIN or use your old one.
- Open the Start menu, find netplwiz, and press Enter.
- In the window that opens, uncheck the "Users must enter a username and password to use this computer" option.
- Now enter your password, repeat it, and click OK.
- Restart the computer.