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Picture Password - Enable or Disable in Windows 8


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Picture Password - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
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.
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How to Enable or Disable Picture Password Sign-in in Windows 8 and 8.1
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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.
How to Enable or Disable Picture Password Sign-in in Windows 8 and 8.1


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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
Disabled.jpg







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)​
GPEDIT-1.jpg
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)​
GPEDIT-2.jpg
8. You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor window if you like.​

That's it,
Shawn


 
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Very interesting Shawn.

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

Thanks
Hopachi
 

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Hello Hopachi,

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

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    64-bit Windows 10
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    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech wireless K800
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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
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy DV6 7250
    CPU
    Intel i7-3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD4000 + Nvidia Geforce 630M
    Sound Card
    IDT HD Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6' built-in + Samsung S22D300 + 17.3' LG Phillips
    Screen Resolution
    multiple resolutions
    Hard Drives
    Samsung SSD 250GB + Hitachi HDD 750GB
    PSU
    120W adapter
    Case
    small
    Cooling
    laptop cooling pad
    Keyboard
    Backlit built-in + big one in USB
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Sensei
    Internet Speed
    slow and steady
    Browser
    Chromium, Pale Moon, Firefox Developer Edition
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    That's basically it.

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You're most welcome. Have fun. :)
 

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    System Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 970 EVO Plus M.2,
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

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