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How to change the PIN in Windows 10

You can use a PIN code in Windows 10 to sign-in to your PC, Store, and other services. If, for some reason, you need to change your PIN, it is really simple. We'll show you how. Follow these simple steps.

1. Open Settings (keyboard shortcut: Windows + I) > Accounts > Sign-in options

Settings Windows 10

2. Tap or click the Change button under PIN

Settings PIN

3. Enter your current PIN, then enter and confirm the new PIN underneath

Windows 10 PIN

That's it! We told you it was easy. But what if you forgot your pin?

How to reset the Windows 10 PIN

Follow these steps if you need to reset your pin:

1. Open Settings (keyboard shortcut: Windows + I) > Accounts > Sign-in options

2. Tap or click I forgot my PIN.

Forgot PIN

3. You'll get a warning that you'll need to log in from scratch to access games, social networking, and more. Tap or click Continue.

Are You Sure

4. Enter your Microsoft account password and then set up the new Pin.

Setup pin

And that's all you need to do. If this guide was helpful, we have more posts like this in our Windows 10 help, tips and tricks page.

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.

9 Comments
  • I use a pin to login to Windows but didn't realize you can use it for store purchases too.
  • So hopefully, I forget my pin while logged in. Otherwise, I'm doomed?
  • You can still sign in with a password
  • Best way to avoid forgetting your password? Go to netplwiz and remove the login process entirety, well more precisely have it done automatically.
  • It doesn't work in Windows 10.
  • Yes it does. I use it every day with no hiccups at all
  • I'm glad this came up. I have  Windows 10 on my desktop and laptop. I have a pin set on my laptop and for some reason my desktop won't allow me to add one, it says I can change it but when I click that it errors. Is there anyway I can fix this?  Thanks,
  • I used to use a picture password with 8.1 but since I upgraded to 10 it keeps giving me some registration error so I had to switch to a simple pin.
  • I don't see a reason in the world why a pin can be more secure than a password. Microsoft says that it can because it is used on only your PC, so that it cannot be seen by hackers. That doesn't stop people from trying to access your PC by guessing your pin and typing it in on your keyboard.