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Picture Password - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

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    Picture Password - Enable or Disable in Windows 8

    Picture Password - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
    How to Enable or Disable Picture Password Sign-in in Windows 8 and 8.1
    Published by Brink is offline
    14 Jul 2012
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    How to Enable or Disable Picture Password Sign-in in Windows 8 and 8.1


    information   Information
    This tutorial will show you how to allow or prevent all users from being able to set up or sign-in with a picture password in Windows 8.

    If you disable picture password sign-in, then users that had already created a picture password will now have to sign in to Windows 8 with their normal user account password instead.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.


    EXAMPLE: Picture Password Disabled in PC settings
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    OPTION ONE
    Enable or Disable Picture Password Sign-in using a REG File Download


    Note   Note
    The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System

    BlockDomainPicturePassword DWORD

    0 = Enable Picture Password
    1 = Disable Picture Password


    1.
    Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.

    2. To Enable Picture Password Sign-in

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

    Enable_Picture-Password_Sign-in.reg

    download

    B) Go to step 4 below.

    3. To Disable Picture Password Sign-in

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below.

    Disable_Picture-Password_Sign-in.reg

    download

    B) Go to step 4 below.

    4. Save the .reg file to the desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK.

    7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.







    OPTION TWO
    Enable or Disable Picture Password Sign-in in Local Group Policy Editor

    NOTE: This option for using group policy is only available in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.

    1.
    From the Start screen, start typing gpedit.msc and press Enter when finished.
    NOTE: You could also press Windows+R to open the Run dialog, type gpedit.msc, and click/tap on OK.

    2. If prompted by UAC, then click on Yes.

    3. In the left pane, click/tap on to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System, and open Logon. (see screenshot below)

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    4.
    In the right pane of Logon, double click/tap on Turn off picture password sign-in. (see screenshot above)

    5. Do step 6 or 7 below for what you would like to do.

    6. To Enable Picture Password Sign-in

    A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below step 7A)
    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.

    7. To Disable Picture Password Sign-in

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 8 below. (see screenshot below)

    Click image for larger version

    8. You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor window if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn


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    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 3,013
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Very interesting Shawn.

    Until I switch to touchscreens: Does this work with a mouse too?

    Thanks
    Hopachi

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    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    Hello Hopachi,

    Yep, you can use a mouse or anything else that controls the pointer with a picture password.
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    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 3,013
    Windows 8.1 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Hopachi,

    Yep, you can use a mouse or anything else that controls the pointer with a picture password.
    Great!

    Thanks for the good news. I'm gonna try it out.

    Regards
    Hopachi
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    Posts : 20,644
    64-bit Windows 10 build 10166


    You're most welcome. Have fun.
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