Disable Windows 10 Pro PIN complexity rules

I've searched everywhere, and I can't find an answer to this.


When I try to add a PIN, which is on a TEST laptop that I intend to use only for Insider builds, it complains that I have to "Provide a PIN that meets the complexity requirements. Your PIN can't be a common number pattern".

I've turned off all the other settings in the group policy editor, so that it's just a standard 4-digit pin. No history, no expiration, no requirement of letters or upper/lower case. BUT THERE'S NO SETTING FOR THE NUMBER PATTERN. I don't care if it's insecure. I want to log in quickly and simply just to test things.

How can I disable this? It was apparently recently added, as I've had a simple PIN for a while, but the latest insider build crashed my PC and I had to reset/revert it. And since it's a brand new install, it erased my existing PIN, so when I went to add it... I couldn't.

This is really frustrating. I understand the need for security for most people in most situations, but I'm not in any of those situations, and I really don't want to make up some new complicated PIN I won't remember or have to write down (defeating the purpose anyway). If I want my PIN to be "1111" or "2222", how do I enable this, and TURN OF the complexity and pattern requirements?

Also, most of the stuff I found was for domain-joined business computers. This is a stand-alone laptop running Windows Pro. No "Windows Hello", nothing fancy. 

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From Group Policy Editor, you may enable or disable other policies when creating a PIN. You can also configure them to your preferred option. You may double-click the policy that you want to enable or disable according to your preferences. Here's a description of each policy that is included in the PIN complexity:

  • Require digits
    • Not configured - Users must include a digit in their PIN.
    • Enabled - Users must include a digit in their PIN.
    • Disabled -Users can not use digits in their PIN.
  • Require lowercase letters
    • Not configured - Users can not use lowercase letters in their PIN.
    • Enabled - Users must include at least one lowercase letter in their PIN.
    • Disabled - Users can not use lowercase letters in their PIN.
  • Maximum PIN length
    • Not configured - PIN length must be less than or equal to 127.
    • Enabled - PIN length must be less than or equal to the number you specify.
    • Disabled - PIN length must be less than or equal to 127.
  • Minimum PIN length
    • Not configured - PIN length must be greater than or equal to 4.
    • Enabled - PIN length must be greater than or equal to the number you specify.
    • Disabled - PIN length must be greater than or equal to 4.
  • Expiration
    • Not configured - PIN does not expire.
    • Enabled - PIN can be set to expire after any number of days between 1 and 730, or PIN can be set to never expire by setting the policy to 0.
    • Disabled - PIN does not expire.
  • History
    • Not configured - Previous PINs are not stored.
    • Enabled - Specify the number of previous PINs that can be associated to a user account that can't be reused.
    • Disabled - Previous PINs are not stored.
  • Require special characters
    • Not configured - Users can not include a special character in their PIN.
    • Enabled - Users must include at least one special character in their PIN.
    • Disabled - Users can not include a special character in their PIN.
  • Require uppercase letters
    • Not configured - Users can not include an uppercase letter in their PIN.
    • Enabled - Users must include at least one uppercase letter in their PIN.
    • Disabled - Users can not include an uppercase letter in their PIN.

After configuring the policy settings, attempt to create your desired PIN that would meet those requirements, this is to check if those policies would work. If the PIN and the policy settings are not working, attempt to create those policy settings and PIN on another device to see if it is isolated to your device only. If it still persists, kindly send the issue through the Feedback Hub app. This way, engineers would see this problem and address it. You may follow the steps on this link on how to send feedback to Microsoft through the Feedback Hub app. If you are to submit a feedback through the Feedback Hub app, make sure that you include every detail about the issue so that the engineers would have a better understanding of the issue. Also, make sure to visit your submission frequently for news or updates about what you have submitted.

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Hello,

Enabling or disabling and configuring the PIN complexity rules in Windows is found through Local Group Policy Editor. If you are running Windows 10 Creators Update, PIN complexity policies can be found by opening the Group Policy Editor, then selecting Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System > PIN complexity. From there, you may select or configure the PIN complexity for your device.

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