Log-in screen always reverts to PIN


chmillman

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Hi all,
New install of Win 11 Home, upgraded over an OEM install of Win 10 Home which was supplied with this new HP Omen 30L destop computer. Nothing else was installed before the upgrade.

After installing, I created a local account instead of my Microsoft account to log in with, I added a password in addition to my PIN, but every time I restart the computer, the log-in screen reverts to PIN and I have to click first the Sign-in options link and then the key button to be able to input my password. Isn't is supposed to remember that I used the password the last time and show me that first without having to do these two clicks?

I do have the lock screen disabled (via registry hack) as I have no use for it, but this was happening before I did that.
 
Windows Build/Version
Win11 21H2 22000.348

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    i7 12700KF
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime Z690-P
    Memory
    32 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus Geforce RTX 3060 12Gb
    Sound Card
    -
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x 4K monitors
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160 (x2)
    Hard Drives
    1 Tb WD NVMe primary (Windows)
    2 Tb Crucial SSD secondary (data)
    PSU
    750W Enermac Marblebron
    Case
    Coolermaster MB600L
    Cooling
    be quiet! Dark Rock 4
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    Fast
    Browser
    Various
Someone correct me if I'm wrong here, but I believe a pin takes preference over a password. Since you have both set up on your local account, it will always ask for pin first. If you specifically want to enter your password each time, disable the pin.
  1. Press Win key+I to open settings and click on the Accounts section.
  2. Select Sign-in options, and click on the PIN (Windows Hello)
  3. Click on the Remove button.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 22631.3447
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 7080
    CPU
    i9-10900 10 core 20 threads
    Motherboard
    DELL 0J37VM
    Memory
    32 gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    none-Intel UHD Graphics 630
    Sound Card
    Integrated Realtek
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    1tb Solidigm m.2 +256gb ssd+512 gb usb m.2 sata
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell Premium
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Internet Speed
    so slow I'm too embarrassed to tell
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
  • Operating System
    Windows 10 Pro 22H2 19045.3930
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Optiplex 9020
    CPU
    i7-4770
    Memory
    24 gb
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Benq 27
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1440
    Hard Drives
    256 gb Toshiba BG4 M.2 NVE SSB and 1 tb hdd
    PSU
    500w
    Case
    MT
    Cooling
    Dell factory
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
    Keyboard
    Logitech wired
    Internet Speed
    still not telling
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender+MWB Premium
OK, thanks - I was afraid of that. I would like to keep both the PIN and the password. For example I have both on my Windows 10 laptop and it does remember which I used last, so this policy has changed for Windows 11...
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    i7 12700KF
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime Z690-P
    Memory
    32 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus Geforce RTX 3060 12Gb
    Sound Card
    -
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x 4K monitors
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160 (x2)
    Hard Drives
    1 Tb WD NVMe primary (Windows)
    2 Tb Crucial SSD secondary (data)
    PSU
    750W Enermac Marblebron
    Case
    Coolermaster MB600L
    Cooling
    be quiet! Dark Rock 4
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    Fast
    Browser
    Various
TBH, I thought it worked this way in Windows 10 as well - pin takes precedence. It did for me.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro x64
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    DIY Photoshop/Game/tinker build
    CPU
    Intel i9 13900KS 5.7-6GHz P cores/4.4GHz E/5GHz cache
    Motherboard
    Asus ROG Maximus Z790 Dark Hero
    Memory
    64GB (2x32) G.skill Trident Z5 RGB 6400 @6600 MT/s 32-39-39-80
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus ROG Strix 4070 Ti OC
    Sound Card
    Onboard Audio, Vanatoo Transparent One; Klipsch R-12SWi Sub; Creative Pebble Pro Minimilist
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Eizo CG2730, ViewSonic VP2768
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1440p x 2
    Hard Drives
    WDC SN850 1TB nvme, SK-Hynix 2 TB P41 nvme, Raid 0: 1TB 850 EVO + 1TB 860 EVO SSD. Sabrent USB-C DS-SC5B 5-bay docking station: 6TB WDC Black, 6TB Ironwolf Pro; 2x 2TB WDC Black
    PSU
    850W Seasonic Vertex PX-850
    Case
    Fractal Design North XL Mesh, Black Walnut
    Cooling
    EKWB 360 Nucleus Dark AIO w/Phanteks T30-120 fans, 2 Noctua NF-A14 Chromax case fans, 3x50mm fans cooling memory
    Keyboard
    Glorious GMMK TKL mechanical, lubed modded -meh
    Mouse
    Logitech G305 wireless gaming
    Internet Speed
    380 Mb/s down, 12 Mb/s up
    Browser
    Firefox
    Antivirus
    Defender, Macrium Reflect 8 ;-)
    Other Info
    Runs hot. LOL
  • Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Apple 13" Macbook Pro 2020 (m1)
    CPU
    Apple M1
    Screen Resolution
    2560x1600
    Browser
    Firefox
It did for me.

I just now tested it with my laptop again to make sure my memory was correct. It was set to PIN at startup, I changed it to password at the log-in screen and logged in with my password, let it boot, then did a restart. The log-in screen came up asking me for a password, not a PIN.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Custom built
    CPU
    i7 12700KF
    Motherboard
    Asus Prime Z690-P
    Memory
    32 Gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Asus Geforce RTX 3060 12Gb
    Sound Card
    -
    Monitor(s) Displays
    2x 4K monitors
    Screen Resolution
    3840 x 2160 (x2)
    Hard Drives
    1 Tb WD NVMe primary (Windows)
    2 Tb Crucial SSD secondary (data)
    PSU
    750W Enermac Marblebron
    Case
    Coolermaster MB600L
    Cooling
    be quiet! Dark Rock 4
    Keyboard
    Logitech
    Mouse
    Logitech
    Internet Speed
    Fast
    Browser
    Various
I just now tested it with my laptop again to make sure my memory was correct. It was set to PIN at startup, I changed it to password at the log-in screen and logged in with my password, let it boot, then did a restart. The log-in screen came up asking me for a password, not a PIN.
What your Desktop computer is doing is expected behaviour. It is your laptop that is behaving strange.

Pin is the easier option as well as more secure. That's because pin is limited to the device, and not the account. If you don't want to use pin, why did you set it up?
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy dv7
    CPU
    Intel Core i7 3630QM
    Motherboard
    HP
    Memory
    16 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000 & Nvidia GeForce GT 635M
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition
    Screen Resolution
    1080p
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Crucial MX500 on bay 1.
    1 TB Seagate HDD on bay 2.
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
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