On Windows 10, Microsoft is adding a lot of significant changes to the operating system, including tweaks to the sign-in experience. For example, now the Sign-in screen shares a deeper integration with the Lock screen, and your email address is no longer visible for anyone to see, which was a security concern among users.
However, one thing that hasn't change in the sign-in screen is the option that reveals in the box in plain text the password you enter before trying to access your account. The option is called "Password Reveal," and while it's there on purpose to reduce the chances you don't enter a password incorrectly, if you have security concerns you can easily disable the option.
In this Windows 10 guide, we'll walk you through the steps to further tighten security by disabling the Password Reveal button on the Sign-in screen.
- How to disable the Password Reveal button using Group Policy
- How to disable the Password Reveal button using the Registry
How to disable the Password Reveal button using Group Policy
If you're running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education, you can use the Local Group Policy to disable the Password Reveal button.
- Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command.
- Type gpedit.msc and click OK to open the Local Group Policy Editor.
- Browse the following path:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Credential User Interface
- On the right, double-click the Do not display the password reveal button policy.
- Select Enabled to disable the feature.
- Click OK to complete the task.
After completing the steps, you can lock your computer (Windows key + L), or you can reboot your computer, and you should no longer see the password reveal button while trying to sign-in to your account.
How to disable the Password Reveal button using the Registry
In the case, you're running Windows 10 Home, you won't have access to the Local Group Policy Editor, but you can still get the same results modifying the Registry.
Important: This is a friendly reminder to let you know that editing the registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you don't do it correctly. It's recommended to make a full backup of your computer before proceeding.
- Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command, type regedit, and click OK to open the registry.
- Browse the following path:
- If the CredUI (folder) key isn't present, you have to create it. Right-click Windows (folder) key, and select New, and click Key.
- Name the key CredUI and press Enter.
- Right-click on the right side, select New, and click DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name the key DisablePasswordReveal and click OK.
- Double-click the newly created key, and set its value from 0 to 1.
- Restart your computer to complete the task.
Now at login, you should no longer see the password reveal option.
It's worth pointing out that configuring this policy will remove the password reveal button on the sign-in screen as well as through the operating system and apps.
More Windows 10 resources
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- Windows 10 on Windows Central – All you need to know
- Windows 10 help, tips, and tricks
- Windows 10 forums on Windows Central
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Mauro Huculak is technical writer for WindowsCentral.com. His primary focus is to write comprehensive how-tos to help users get the most out of Windows 10 and its many related technologies. He has an IT background with professional certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA, and he's a recognized member of the Microsoft MVP community.
I've never actually seen that, and just checked. It's not there despite me not doing this tweak
Never knew you could show it, let alone disable it.
Why would I do it tho I thought it was among the best features of Windows 10. Thought you mistyped a letter? Click on that one instead of delete everything and type again
So I'm assuming you didn't read the article? It's like the first sentence in the article. Some people don't like it because it can be less secure, though I've personally never even noticed that option lol.
How can it be less secure unless the user intentionally presses to reveal? I can see administrators doing this because they don't trust stupid employees, but no one should eliminate this on their own computers.
It's a small security hole, but it is real. Imagine you've typed in your password but not yet hit enter. Something then distracts you and you move away from your desk. Anybody can click on the button to display your password.
Anybody else coming across the bug where only the password sign-in page *background* will load? Seem like a third of the time the password page refuses to load correctly (both written password and picture password) options have this problem. I end up needing to reset my computer : /
If I understand you correctly, I've come across this. I am not sure what causes it, when the screen almost seems stuck moving to the login prompts. I find that hitting Control-Alt-Delete will bring it up properly. I haven't had to reboot to fix it.
I think those tweaks should be in settings app so we don't have to go in all this trouble. Still love it's there and we have windows central show us how
I am coming to this article solely to comment that I really like the background to you sign in page Mauro.
Wallpaper? where can I find it?
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