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Old January 1st, 2019, 12:37 AM
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Question Requiring Password/PIN at Logon?

Good Evening!

I am still running Windows 8.1 on my Lenovo AIO; Once upon a time, the computer used to require a PIN / password upon startup.

Now, I am automatically logged into my Windows account without such prompting.

I'm not able to locate a way to turn this option back on...I can lock it, and there's a "require upon wake from sleep" option, but how did it stop in the first place, and what can I do to go back to the prior state of affairs?

Frankly I don't think I really even need to be logged into my Windows account 24/7 on this machine, so maybe that's a key? I'm not sure.

Sorry for asking for help on what would appear to be an ancient OS by today's standards! Any advice would be much appreciated!

Thanks so much!
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Old January 1st, 2019, 02:46 AM
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should be in your user settings

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Old January 1st, 2019, 02:35 PM
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Thanks for sharing!

Unfortunately, what appears to happen is that I'm only being prompted for the PIN if I physically lock the computer while it is still powered on.

I used to receive the prompt when I booted it up, but that doesn't happen anymore. That's what I want to occur, but I'm not sure how to revert back to that option.
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Old January 2nd, 2019, 04:52 AM
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Old January 5th, 2019, 03:13 AM
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Officially from Microsoft:
How it is enabled:
Technically, you can just reverse that process to disable it, but if registry editing is daunting for you, use the linked sysinternals tool to set it to "disable":
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