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How to Add or Remove Fingerprints for Your Account in Windows 8.1


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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.

Local users (Microsoft and local accounts) are able to sign-in with a fingerprint (biometrics) by default in Windows 8.1 unless disabled.

Domain users 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.

Note   Note
The fingerprint option in PC settings will only be visible if there is a WBF (Windows Biometric Framework) supported fingerprint reader (and its associated driver) installed on the PC.

To be able to use fingerprints, the Windows Biometric Service in Services needs to be enabled and set to "Automatic". It is by default.

Domain users will not be able sign-in with a fingerprint (biometrics) by default in Windows 8.1 unless enabled.

Tip   Tip
Users who sign in using biometrics (fingerprint) should create a password reset disk; this will prevent data loss in the event that they forget their password.


EXAMPLE: Sign-in to Windows 8.1 with Fingerprint reader

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Here's How:

1. Open PC settings, and click/tap on Accounts. (see screenshot below)[/INDENT]

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2. On the left side, click/tap on Sign-in options, and do step 3 or 4 below for what you would like to do. (see screenshots below step 3A and 4A)


3. To Add a Fingerprint
NOTE: This is to scan a finger to add it as a registered fingerprint that can be used on the fingerprint reader for the current user account. You can register as many fingers as you like from yourself or anyone else you wish to allow access.

A) On the right side under Fingerprint, click/tap on Add (first finger) or Add another (after first time). (see screenshots below)

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B) Enter your user account password to verify, and click/tap on OK. If you already added a finger, then you could scan the registered finger on the fingerprint reader instead of entering your password. (see screenshots below)

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C) You will now need to swipe your finger on the fingerprint reader to scan it's fingerprint. Follow any provided onscreen instructions. (see screenshot below)

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D) When done, click/tap on Finish to save the fingerprint, and go to step 5 below. (see screenshot below)

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4. To Remove All Fingerprints
NOTE: This will remove all registered fingerprints for the current user account.

A) On the right side under Fingerprint, click/tap on Remove (only one finger added) or Remove all (more than one finger added), and go to step 5 below. (see screenshots below)

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5. When finished, you can close PC settings if you like.




That's it,
Shawn


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