How to setup Windows Hello for all Windows 10 users

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 10, 2017
Updated • Jul 5, 2017
Windows, Windows 10

Windows 10 supports Windows Hello, a biometric authentication feature that allows you to sign in using your face or fingerprint.

The main idea behind Hello is to make the authentication process easier. Users don't have to enter a password anymore when they sign in on a machine running Windows 10, but can sign in using the device's camera or fingerprint reader.

I have set up Windows Hello on the Surface 4 Pro device that I bought some time ago. To be precise, I enabled the face detection authentication option.

While it works fine most of the time, it sometimes does not so that you have to resort to entering the account password again after all.

How to setup Windows Hello for all Windows 10 users

If multiple users are working on a computer, you may enable Windows Hello for all of them. It makes things easier for users, and can be beneficial to the admin of the device as well as you may have to spend less time resetting passwords or assisting users in regaining access to their accounts.

You have two options to set up Windows Hello for other users. Considering that the users need to either look in the camera to set up Hello, or provide their finger to enable fingerprint authentication, they need to be present as well.

The first method works right after setting up a new user account. Ask the user to sign in using the account. The user will be prompted to set up the account on first sign in. This includes an option to enable Windows Hello for that account.

If the account is already used, you may set up Windows Hello in the following way instead:

Step 0: Make the user you want Windows Hello to be available for, sign-in to the account on the device.

Step 1: Open the Settings application. Use the keyboard shortcut Windows-I for that, or click on Start > Settings.

windows hello setup

Step 2: Open Accounts. Simply locate Accounts in the Settings application and click on it.

windows hello setup 2

Step 3: Switch to Sign-in Options. There you find listed the Windows Hello section. Click on Set up to configure Face Recognition. Follow the steps outlined by the Windows Hello setup wizard.

All it involves is entering the account password or Pin, and looking straight at the camera for a couple of seconds.

The method is basically the same for fingerprint authentication, only that you don't have to look at the camera but use the fingerprint sensor instead.

windows hello face recognition

Step 4: Well there is no fourth step as everything is set up at this point. You can however click on the "improve recognition" button to do just that.

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Now You: Do you sign in using biometric authentication features, or do you prefer the traditional password authentication?

How to setup Windows Hello for all Windows 10
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How to setup Windows Hello for all Windows 10
The guide walks you through the steps of enabling Windows Hello biometric sign in options for device users on a machine running Windows 10.
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  1. Malo said on January 10, 2017 at 9:04 pm

    I like your Windows account avatar. Where did you find it ? Is it part of a bigger picture ?

    No way I would provide biometrics to my computer. Just no. Creepy. It was already creepy enough to give some to my State (thank you America post 9/11 and your shitty diplomatic pressure for all countries to implement such crap), I’d rather not give it to anyone able to hack a device. What’s the percentage of computers/phones that have been absorbed into botnets again ? For all you know, you yourself reading this could be compromised, though it’s less likely than average since this is a tech site.

    1. this is not a lie said on January 12, 2017 at 3:28 pm

      so you are the one that does not live in middlefinger 69 90120 littlefinger TX

    2. Martin Brinkmann said on January 10, 2017 at 9:26 pm
  2. chesscanoe said on January 10, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    A PIN works 100% of the time for me. Why would I want to suffer a solution that offers less than 100%? I don’t need to endure the frustration. Facial recognition or fingerprint verification is to me an imperfect solution trying to sell me hardware I don’t need to use.

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