When creating a local Windows 10 Account, the administrator will be prompted to set up three security questions. This is important and required to make sure there is an option to recover the account when the user forgets the password. That said, some could also look at it as a weakening of login security, since some answers could be guessed by looking at the user’s social profiles and so on – but hey who says the answers have to be true? You could always enter wrong answers that only you know if this is a concern. But if you are looking for a way to remove Security Questions from Windows 10, we share how to skip security questions when setting up a local user account in Windows 10.
The problem with the security questions in Windows 10
Windows offers some predefined set of questions while creating, and even they want to change it. While the user can set unrelated answer to those questions, remembering them is another problem. If the user sets the obvious answers, anybody who knows the person can guess it. This only creates more confusion. There are alternate ways to recover the Windows login account. An administrator can reset it for you, or if you have created a reset disk, you can use that as well.
Windows 10 remove Security Questions?
That said, once an account is created, along with security questions, there is no way to remove it. There is no registry hack or an administrator tool to remove it – as of date!. You can at most change them. Period.
Skip security questions when setting up local account
However, there are still two ways of achieving this. This works only when the security questions have not been set up at all. One is when creating a new account, and second is using a Microsoft account. However, stay assured that you cannot do it for existing accounts with security questions in place.
Skip Security Questions when creating an account
The only way not to associate security questions with a local user account is to skip them right at the start. When creating a local account, you will be asked to enter a password, along with a hint. Right when you select the password field, Security Questions shows up instantly.
To skip the questions, do not set a password for that account, and click next. It is possible to create an account without security questions if you leave them blank. You can set up the new password for yourself at the later stage. If you forget the password, you will have to ask your admin to reset it for you.
If you type something in the password field accidentally, cancel the process and restart. Just enter the name, and click on Next button.
Go to Settings > Accounts > Family & other people > Add someone else to this PC. This will open the new window which you can see in the screenshot above. Click next, and an account will be ready.
Use a Microsoft Account, and convert it to a local account
I did one small experiment of my own; it did work. I created an account using a Microsoft Account, and then followed the steps below:
- Log in to the account using the Microsoft credentials.
- Next, go to Settings > Accounts > Your Info
- Look for a link which says Sign in with a local account instead.
When you click on it, it will ask for your Microsoft account password, and then create a local account for you. You will have to set up a password for this account. There will be no security questions that will show up. It will also remove any association with your MSA account on that PC. While you can set up security questions later, it is better to create a recovery disk.
These are not straightforward ways, but they are the only ways to skip security questions when setting up a local user account. Do make sure to have a way to recover your password.
Hope this workaround helps!
- How to disable Security Questions in Windows 10 using a PowerShell Script
- Turn On or Off Security Questions using the Windows Registry or Group Policy
- Add Security Questions to reset Windows 10 Local Account password.