Accounts Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts in Windows 11


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This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off only allow Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts for passwordless sign-in on your Windows 11 device.

You can keep your device even more secure by removing passwords when signing in to Windows 11 with Microsoft accounts on your device. All the places on your device where you use your Microsoft account and password (even your apps and browsers) will automatically switch to modern multifactor authentication with Windows Hello Face, Fingerprint, or PIN.

Reference:


You must be signed as an administrator to enable or disable passwordless sign-in for all Microsoft accounts on the computer.


If you turn on For improved security, only allow Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts on this device, the Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer check box in netplwiz will be removed for both local accounts and Microsoft accounts.

If you turn on For improved security, only allow Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts on this device, the Remove button to remove a PIN from Microsoft accounts will be disabled.

If you turn on For improved security, only allow Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts on this device, Microsoft accounts on the computer will not have the Password or Picture password sign-in options available.



Contents

  • Option One: Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts in Settings
  • Option Two: Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts using REG file




Option One

Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts in Settings


If you are not currently signed in to Windows with a Microsoft account, then you will need to use Option Two instead.


1 Open Settings (Win+I).

2 Click/tap on Accounts on the left side, and click/tap on Sign-in options on the right side. (see screenshot below)


Passwordless_sign-in-1.png

3 Turn On or Off (default) For improved security, only allow Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts on this device for what you want on the right side. (see screenshots below)

The For improved security, only allow Windows Hello sign-in for Microsoft accounts on this device setting will be grayed out if you do not have a Windows Hello (ex: PIN, facial recognition, or fingerprint) sign-in option available.


Passwordless_sign-in-2.png
Passwordless_sign-in-3.png

4 You can now close Settings if you like.




Option Two

Enable or Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts using REG file


1 Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.

2 To Enable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts

This is the default setting.


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

Turn_ON_PasswordLess_sign-in_for_Microsoft_accounts.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\PasswordLess\Device]
"DevicePasswordLessBuildVersion"=dword:00000002

3 To Disable Passwordless Sign-in for Microsoft Accounts

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

Turn_OFF_PasswordLess_sign-in_for_Microsoft_accounts.reg


(Contents of REG file for reference)
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\PasswordLess\Device]
"DevicePasswordLessBuildVersion"=dword:00000000

4 Save the .reg file to your desktop.

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

6 When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

7 You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


That's it,
Shawn Brink


 

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Brand new 22H2, I don't have that option.
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Brand new 22H2, I don't have that option.

Hello Mike, :-)

This would be normal if you are not signed in to Windows 11 with a Microsoft account.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
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    Integrated Intel Arc
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    Poly Studio
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    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
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    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
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    Chrome and Edge
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    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
Hello Mike, :-)

This would be normal if you are not signed in to Windows 11 with a Microsoft account.
I get it now but still have problems with MS account. Somehow I managed to install with local account although I used Hotmail account that works fine and even managed to change password for it. I always thought that Hotmail and MS account is one and same. did something change ? Now when I try to change Local to MS account it doesn't take my Hotmail password. .
Now I tried to retrieve/change MS account password but because I tried once too many times can't do nothing until tomorrow.
All together, I think that my MS account must be alive because when I did clean install of 22H2 many things were synced with old installation which was just update from 21H2.
My other windows which are Insider dev are properly linked to MS and Hotmail account and were always with same credentials.
What's going on here ???
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    W10 and Insider Dev.+ Linux Mint
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home brewed
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 7900x
    Motherboard
    ASROCK b650 PRO RS
    Memory
    2x8GB Kingston 6000MHz, Cl 32 @ 6200MHz Cl30
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte Rx 6600XT Gaming OC 8G Pro
    Sound Card
    MB, Realtek Ac1220p
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    Kingston KC3000. 1TBSamsung 970 evo Plus 500GB, Crucial P1 NVMe 1TB, Lexar NVMe 2 TB, Silicon Power M.2 SATA 500GB
    PSU
    Seasonic 750W
    Case
    Custom Raidmax
    Cooling
    Arctic Liquid Freezer III 360mm
    Internet Speed
    20/19 mbps
I get it now but still have problems with MS account. Somehow I managed to install with local account although I used Hotmail account that works fine and even managed to change password for it. I always thought that Hotmail and MS account is one and same. did something change ? Now when I try to change Local to MS account it doesn't take my Hotmail password. .
Now I tried to retrieve/change MS account password but because I tried once too many times can't do nothing until tomorrow.
All together, I think that my MS account must be alive because when I did clean install of 22H2 many things were synced with old installation which was just update from 21H2.
My other windows which are Insider dev are properly linked to MS and Hotmail account and were always with same credentials.
What's going on here ???

I'm not sure if this below is still valid, but you used to be able to upgrade the old Hotmail address to Outlook.

 

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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
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    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
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    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
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    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
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    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
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    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
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    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
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    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
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    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
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    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
I'm not sure if this below is still valid, but you used to be able to upgrade the old Hotmail address to Outlook.

I'm OK with Hotmail. Mail still receives/sends E-mail and can be used just fine. I have Outlook program with Office 2013 but not using it.
So, Hotmail account = OK
MS account = niet. Works ut can't access
 

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    W10 and Insider Dev.+ Linux Mint
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    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 7900x
    Motherboard
    ASROCK b650 PRO RS
    Memory
    2x8GB Kingston 6000MHz, Cl 32 @ 6200MHz Cl30
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte Rx 6600XT Gaming OC 8G Pro
    Sound Card
    MB, Realtek Ac1220p
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    Kingston KC3000. 1TBSamsung 970 evo Plus 500GB, Crucial P1 NVMe 1TB, Lexar NVMe 2 TB, Silicon Power M.2 SATA 500GB
    PSU
    Seasonic 750W
    Case
    Custom Raidmax
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    Arctic Liquid Freezer III 360mm
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The option to allow using Hello for non-Microsoft apps has disappeared from Settings. Is there a way to reinstate it?
 

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    MSI Z590-A Pro
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    32GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3600
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    EVGA GeForce RTX2060
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Are you signed in as Administrator ?
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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    W10 and Insider Dev.+ Linux Mint
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Home brewed
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 9 7900x
    Motherboard
    ASROCK b650 PRO RS
    Memory
    2x8GB Kingston 6000MHz, Cl 32 @ 6200MHz Cl30
    Graphics Card(s)
    Gigabyte Rx 6600XT Gaming OC 8G Pro
    Sound Card
    MB, Realtek Ac1220p
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27"
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    Kingston KC3000. 1TBSamsung 970 evo Plus 500GB, Crucial P1 NVMe 1TB, Lexar NVMe 2 TB, Silicon Power M.2 SATA 500GB
    PSU
    Seasonic 750W
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    Custom Raidmax
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    Arctic Liquid Freezer III 360mm
    Internet Speed
    20/19 mbps
Yes, my userid is administrator.
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 22631.2861
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    i9-11900K
    Motherboard
    MSI Z590-A Pro
    Memory
    32GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3600
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    EVGA GeForce RTX2060
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster Audigy 5/Rx
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    Samsung 24
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    Crucial P1 NVMe M.2 500GB
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    Corsair AX850
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    Lian Li Lancool II Mesh RGB
The option to allow using Hello for non-Microsoft apps has disappeared from Settings. Is there a way to reinstate it?
Hello, :alien:

In addition, are you signed in with a Microsoft account?

If you're signed in to a local account, option one will not be available. You'll need to use option two instead.
 

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System One System Two

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    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
I am signed in with my Microsoft account. I am now at a different computer and it too is missing the option to use/not use Hello with non-Microsoft accounts. I should point out that the Hello option is still working with NordPass, however the Hello security sign-in screen does not come up automatically any more. Windows is up-to-date.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom
    CPU
    i9-11900K
    Motherboard
    MSI Z590-A Pro
    Memory
    32GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3600
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX2060
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster Audigy 5/Rx
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 24
    Hard Drives
    Crucial P1 NVMe M.2 500GB
    PSU
    Corsair AX850
    Case
    Lian Li Lancool II Mesh RGB
I am signed in with my Microsoft account. I am now at a different computer and it too is missing the option to use/not use Hello with non-Microsoft accounts. I should point out that the Hello option is still working with NordPass, however the Hello security sign-in screen does not come up automatically any more. Windows is up-to-date.
This is on/off for Microsoft accounts instead. It has no effect on local accounts.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom self build
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    64 GB (4x16GB) G.SKILL TridentZ RGB DDR4 3600 MHz (F4-3600C18D-32GTZR)
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING (11GB GDDR5X)
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2 x Samsung Odyssey G75 27"
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    4TB Samsung 990 PRO M.2,
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    Seasonic Prime Titanium 850W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3 wall mounted
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master 3
    Internet Speed
    1 Gbps Download and 35 Mbps Upload
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Microsoft Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Galaxy S23 Plus phone
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Spectre x360 2in1 14-eu0098nr (2024)
    CPU
    Intel Core Ultra 7 155H 4.8 GHz
    Memory
    16 GB LPDDR5x-7467 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    Integrated Intel Arc
    Sound Card
    Poly Studio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    14" 2.8K OLED multitouch
    Screen Resolution
    2880 x 1800
    Hard Drives
    2 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
    Internet Speed
    Intel Wi-Fi 7 BE200 (2x2) and Bluetooth 5.4
    Browser
    Chrome and Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender and Malwarebytes Premium
I believe that that is not the case but rather that you have the option of allowing non-Microsoft apps to use the Hello sign-in option. It isn't the case that I am trying to use it logged in a using a local account. I repeat, I am signed in with my Microsoft account with administrative privileges.

Rather, my initial question was why isn't this option even displayed any more in my settings?
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 23H2 22631.2861
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    custom
    CPU
    i9-11900K
    Motherboard
    MSI Z590-A Pro
    Memory
    32GB Crucial Ballistix DDR4-3600
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA GeForce RTX2060
    Sound Card
    Sound Blaster Audigy 5/Rx
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 24
    Hard Drives
    Crucial P1 NVMe M.2 500GB
    PSU
    Corsair AX850
    Case
    Lian Li Lancool II Mesh RGB

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