How to bypass Windows 10 PIN complexity requirement

I have recently updated Windows 10 on a PC. When I try to enter the same old PIN that I have been using, it says my PIN does not pass the complexity requirement.

I know the reason it cannot pass because the PIN is too simple. However, this is a shared PC for presentation purpose and I am sharing the same PIN across multiple PCs. I really want to keep the same PIN so I don’t have to update everyone and every other PCs. PIN is still useful to lock the screen during break.

I searched and found registry that can change the various requirements of PIN.

But I cannot find a way to turn off PIN complexity check. Does anyone know of a way?

Super User Asked by some user on December 29, 2020

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If you don't actually mind not using a PIN, you can set the password complexity to a minimum setting and put the pin in there.

To do this, Open gpedit.msc and browse to the following section: Computer Configuration > Windows Settings > Security Settings > Account Policies > Password Policies. Here you can disable Password must meet complexity requirements after which you can have a password with just a space if you wanted to.

Of course, you can also set a blank password, which means no password at all.

Do note, these settigs will be greyed out if your computer is part of a domain. In that case, the domain controller will need to set the password requirements, but I doubt the pc's in question are part of a domain.

Changing settings regarding to PIN should also be possible based on policies, but with the limited time I currently have, I know of this setting, but couldn't find one for PIN related settings.

Answered by LPChip on December 29, 2020

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