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Windows Hello is a biometrics-based technology that enables Windows 10 users to authenticate secure access to the their devices, apps, online services, and networks with just a fingerprint, iris scan, or facial recognition.

The sign-in mechanism is essentially an alternative to passwords and is widely considered to be more user friendly, secure, and reliable method to access critical devices, services, and data than traditional logins using passwords.

How to check if your PC supports Windows Hello

The requirements are simple:

  • You need the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (AU).
  • An iris scanner, a fingerprint reader, or a special near-infrared 3D camera.

If Windows Hello isn’t available, you will see a message that says, “Windows Hello isn’t available on this device.” You can contact your Account Manager regarding on how you can get this feature works.

How to turn on Windows Hello

If you own a compatible system, it’s easy to set up. Under the heading Face Recognition, click Set up.

Note: If your computer uses fingerprint scanning, you should choose Set up under the Fingerprint heading instead.

To setup facial recognition, Windows shoots 3D near-infrared picture of your face. It takes into account objects like hair and glasses, so you may need to take multiple pictures of yourself to calibrate the recognition mechanism.

Even wearing a hoodie or parting your hair in a different way may prevent you from logging in. In that case, you would simply need to retype your password. There is no disadvantage to logging in with facial recognition.

Windows Hello’s Dynamic Lock

You can configure Windows to lock itself once it detects you are away. It can be done by using a paired Bluetooth device (probably a smartphone). Once paired, if the paired device leaves Bluetooth range, the computer locks itself.

To use Dynamic lock, first put your smartphone or tablet into Bluetooth pairing mode, and then enter into Windows’s Bluetooth settings. The easiest way to get there is to type “Bluetooth” in the search bar.

Choose Bluetooth and other device settings. Then select Add Bluetooth or other device. When prompted to choose the kind of device, select Bluetooth.

Learn more about Windows 10 Hello feature:
Learn about Windows Hello and set it up
How Does Windows Hello Work and How Do I Enable It?

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