Windows 10 supports the use of Biometrics. It already supports PIN, Password and Picture Password on all computers, but given the proper hardware, Windows 10 also supports facial scanning, Iris scanning as well as fingerprint scanning. You can find these settings inside Settings > Accounts > Sign In Options. But sometimes even if the hardware is available to support this feature called Windows Hello, you may not find the options available to enable this functionality. This post shows how you can enable or disable Domain Users Sign in on Windows 10 using Biometrics using Registry or GPEDIT.
Enable Biometrics Sign In on Windows 10 joined to a Domain
I recommended you create a System Restore Point. This is because while doing these types of modifications, there are chances that something breaks on the software side of your computer. Or, if you do not have any habit to make a system restore point, I would really encourage you to create one frequently.
1] Using Registry Editor
Hit the WINKEY + R button combination to launch the Run utility, type in regedit and hit Enter. Once Registry Editor opens, navigate to the following key-
Now, right click on the right side panel and click on New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
Set the name of this newly created DWORD as Domain Accounts.
Double click on the newly created DWORD and set its value as 1 This will Allow Domain Users Sign In to Windows 10 Using Biometrics.
A value of 0 Disables Domain Users Sign In to Windows 10 Using Biometrics.
Exit the Registry Editor and then Reboot your computer for the changes to take effect.
2] Using Group Policy Editor
Hit the WINKEY + R button combination to launch the Run utility, type in gpedit.msc and hit Enter. Once Group Policy Editor opens, navigate to the following setting-
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components > Biometrics
Now, on the right side panel and double click on the following entries and set the radio button to Enabled for all of them,
- Allow the use of Biometrics.
- Allow users to log on using Biometrics.
- Allow domain users to log on using biometrics.
Exit the Group Policy Editor and then reboot your computer for the changes to take effect. This will enable the setting.