13 thoughts on “Windows 10 Quick Tip – Sign-In Options”

  1. Richard, You have done such a good job of this I will be referencing this article instead of trying to explain it myself. Thanks, Tom

  2. Great article on sign in options. Would you recommend the Microsoft or Local account for sign in. The User’s I have helped with installing W10 sometimes are confused with this option and most just sign in with the Local account.

    1. Richard Pedersen

      The answer totally boils down to what you want your computer to do while it’s running.

      Do you want MS-driven Apps to show your live tiles (like the current weather)? Or live sports updates? How about Cortana? Do you want that to work at its full potential? Do you need to know in real-time when you receive eMail in your MS Inbox? Skype? OneDrive? You’ll need to sign in at some point if you want to use these programs.

      Or do you not care about those MS Apps. For example, you can still use a third-party weather gadget without having to connect to your MS account.

      There are advantages to signing in with your MS account, but many people don’t need or want all those perquisites– myself included.

  3. Your article was very interesting but I have already worked on these methods, my question is how do I get my HP ENVY m6 that has a fingerprint reader to work. When I first loaded Win 10 it worked fine but like a lot of us at first I had to restore to fix some things. But guess what no longer functions. (finger print Reader). HP Help has been of no aid or Windows. Does anyone know the answer to this?

    1. Richard Pedersen

      Hi John,

      Windows 10 has had its share of driver issues since its inception.

      Without doing any research, my first thought would be to go to the HP site, find the appropriate drivers for your computer, then download and install them.

      Hope this helps,

  4. Prior to the Anniversary Update I was able to totally bypass the lock screen and boot right into my desktop. Ever since I installed the update I cannot.
    Bad move, Microsoft.

      1. Thanks, Richard. I tried the ‘netplwiz’ trick after the Anniversary Update and it did not work, but I just tried it again and now it is…go figure?!?
        Happy trails!

        1. Richard Pedersen

          Hi Dan,

          Don’t quote me on this but I think I saw somewhere that since the Anniversary Update it still won’t work on a Cold Boot, only when waking up from Sleep or Hibernate.

          To further muddy the waters, your Secure Boot setting in BIOS may effect things as well.

          Like I said, don’t quote me,

    1. Richard Pedersen

      Hi Reon,

      I’ve never owned a mobile device so, until I saw your comment, I didn’t know a 6-digit PIN was possible.

      I did some Internet searching. From what I’m seeing, it looks like you can choose between a four or six digit PIN.

      I learned something today,

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