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How to unlock Windows 10 with a PIN code instead of a password

A PIN can log you into your computer faster than a password. Here's how to create one in Windows 10.

Creating a strong password that you'll remember can be a pain, especially when you're using a dozen different passwords for everything from your bank to your Instagram account. Here's a tip from Ed Bott on how to set up a personal identification number that can make logging into your computer a little faster.

To set up your PIN, go to settings and click Accounts. Then select Sign-in Options. The PIN option will be there.

You'll be asked for your password first. Then enter your new PIN.

The default option for a PIN is four digits, but you can use a longer one. Remember not to use anything someone might easily guess, like your birthday.

Once you've created a PIN, you can always switch back to using a password by clicking the Sign-On options button on the screen where you enter your credentials.

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Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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