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How to Enable or Disable Biometrics Sign-in for Users in Windows 8.1


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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.

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.


This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable local users to be able to elevate UAC and sign-in to Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 with biometrics (ex: fingerprint).

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

Note   Note
When fingerprint sign in is disabled for local users, users will see the message below when they add fingerprints to their accounts.

Fingerprint sign in is disabled. Contact your administrator for more info. Some applications may still be able to authenticate you using fingerprints.

EXAMPLE: Fingerprint sign in disabled for local users

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Biometrics Sign-in for Users - Disable in Windows 8.1 OPTION ONE Biometrics Sign-in for Users - Disable in Windows 8.1
Enable or Disable Fingerprint Sign-in for Local Users using a REG File


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

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Biometrics\Credential Provider

Enabled DWORD

0 = Disable Fingerprint for local users
1 = Enable Fingerprint for local users


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

2. To Disable Fingerprint Sign-in for Local Users

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Prevent_Local_Users_to_Sign-in_using_Biometrics.reg

download

3. To Enable Fingerprint Sign-in for Local Users
NOTE: This is the default setting.

A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

Allow_Local_Users_to_Sign-in_using_Biometrics.reg

download

4. Save the .reg file to your 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.







Biometrics Sign-in for Users - Disable in Windows 8.1 OPTION TWO Biometrics Sign-in for Users - Disable in Windows 8.1
Enable or Disable Fingerprint Sign-in for Local Users in Group Policy

NOTE: This option for using group policy is only available in the Windows 8.1 Pro, Windows RT 8.1 Pro, and Windows 8.1 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/tap on Yes.

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

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4.
In the right pane of Biometrics, double click/tap on Allow users to log on using biometrics. (see screenshot above)

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

6. To Enable Fingerprint Sign-in for Local Users

A) Select (dot) Enabled 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 Fingerprint Sign-in for Local Users

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

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



That's it,
Shawn