I'm using Windows 10. It defaults to a PIN. I want it to default to a password instead. I did this about 2 years ago so I know it can be done but now I can't figure out how I changed it. Does anyone know? All searched I do only talk about how to change to a PIN.
Click on Sign In Options. There is a set of icons below the sign in options. The middle icon is for Password. Click on that and the entry box changes to Password. Default is PIN but it is easily changed and I do this myself.
The screen shot below is from my own ThinkPad which has PIN, Password and Fingerprint Reader. Of course, different machines have different setups and might show a different screen. In any event, if there is more than one sign-in method, you can always click on Sign In Options.
You can only set up a PIN if you've set up a password on your Windows 10 user account. Once you set up a PIN, you will have the option to either change or remove it and you don't have option to set default login method. To remove your PIN, follow these steps:
Click the Windows logo (Start button).
Click the gear icon (Settings).
On the left pane, choose Sign-in options.
Under PIN, press Remove.
Click Remove again.
Enter the user account password, and then click OK.
After doing the steps above, you can sign-out to your account to see if you will be able to log-in using the password.