A fingerprint reader is a device that uses your fingerprint to identify you. It works by scanning an image of your fingerprint, and then saving a registered copy of it. When you need to identify yourself, such as when signing in to Windows 8.1 or a modern app, the fingerprint reader scans your fingerprint and compares it to the saved version.
Starting in Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1, a fingerprint registration application in PC settings is now included, thereby removing the need for a hardware manufacturer to provide such an application. The biometrics Control Panel that was present in Windows 7 and Windows 8 is no longer part of Windows 8.1.
(Microsoft and local accounts) are able to sign-in with a fingerprint (biometrics) by default in Windows 8.1 unless disabled
will not be able sign-in with a fingerprint (biometrics) by default in Windows 8.1 unless enabled
For more information, see: What?s New in Biometrics in Windows 8.1
If you have a fingerprint reader
, then this tutorial will show you how to add or remove fingerprints
that can be used to provide biometric
credentials to sign in to your account, modern apps, UAC, or anything that requires you to enter your account's credentials in Windows 8.1
and Windows RT 8.1