How to Set Up Windows Hello Fingerprint Login

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If you want to add an extra layer of security to your laptop, consider using a built-in fingerprint reader. Your fingerprints are unique to you, making them a secure way to log on to your computer; it's also significantly easier than memorizing a password. If your laptop has a fingerprint reader built in, you can set up the functionality in Windows Hello.

Here's how to set up Windows Hello fingerprint logins:

1. Go to Settings > Accounts.

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2. Scroll to Windows Hello and click Set Up in the Fingerprint section.

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If you don't have a PIN, you'll need to create one to set up the fingerprint reader.

3. Click Get Started.

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4. Enter your PIN.

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5. Scan your finger on the fingerprint reader.

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You will have to do this multiple times to give the scanner a good picture of your prints.

6. Click Add Another if you want to repeat the process with another finger, or close the program.

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Andrew E. Freedman
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6 comments
  • Thomas Boomer Says:

    You failed to mention that not all fingerprint scanners will work with Windows Hello. If you have an incompatible device, and most of them are incompatible, the option for fingerprint setup will not appear.

  • Asif Ahmed Khan Says:

    Simple,
    it helps to make login with fingerpritns

  • John Sullivan Says:

    Hello on my Windows 10 Pro says it isn't available. I have the drivers for the biometric reader installed and working. Is there a third party software that is able to recognize and use the HP Elitebook 8560w reader?

  • Jennybean Says:

    Thank you! I have been meaning to set this up for over a year and kept putting it off since I didn't know how to get to Windows Hello. Your how-to guide made me realize how easy it was and I should have done it sooner! Thanks again.

  • zartasha Says:

    verry nice i really liked it your processs amazing

  • mholb Says:

    I don't understand the PIN, as it seems to reduce security in order to activate the fingerprint reader.

    My PIN is much shorter and less secure than the login password that I would type in if I did not use the fingerprint reader.

    Is the PIN a substitute for the fingerprint such that it effectively replaces the longer, more secure password?

    thank you

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