Have you ever thought to unlock your PC by just looking at it? Well, Windows 10 now allows you to experience your dream in reality. With the Hello feature in Windows 10, you can sign into your system with facial recognition. In this how-to tutorial, we’ll provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to set up Windows Hello facial recognition on your PC.
The face recognition feature of Windows Hello is truly alluring, completely eliminating the need of remembering longer and complex passwords. However, your PC requires an infrared (IR) or Intel RealSense camera to use the feature. Here’s how to set up Windows Hello on a Windows 10 PC:
Set up Windows Hello Facial Recognition
Check for Windows Hello Compatibility
Does your computer support Windows Hello? Well, if you don’t know, you can easily check it by yourself. In the Cortana search bar resting in the lower-left corner of your PC screen, type sign-in options. Alternatively, you can click on the microphone icon and ask Cortana for sign-in options.
Once you’re on the sign-in options screen, you’ll be presented with the Windows Hello options. If your system’s webcam supports face recognition, you’ll see the option to set it up. Click on the Set up option to use Windows Hello facial recognition.
It is worth notable that if the Set up button is grayed out, it’s because you must set up a system password before you can use other sign-in options. On the same screen, you can click on the Add button under the Password section and create a password. Once done, your Windows Hello options will no longer be grayed out.
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Look at the Camera
As soon as you click on the Set up button, a window will arise saying ‘Welcome to Windows Hello’. Just click on the Get Started button. Your PC’s IR camera will turn on and scan your face. Keep looking directly at the camera until the blue status bar below your picture ends. It only takes a couple of seconds to finish given that you keep your head steady and looking at the camera.
Create a PIN
Now, you’ll see the option to improve recognition by running the IR camera scan again. If you wear sunglasses or a hat, it’s recommended to scan your face with and without them.
Afterward, you’ll be asked to set up a PIN to unlock your PC if, for some reason, Hello is not available or is having issues recognizing your face.
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Look to Unlock Your PC
Under the Windows Hello’s sign-in options section, you have the option to automatically dismiss the lock screen if Windows recognizes your face. This means that once you boot up or wake your PC from sleep, the Windows Hello facial recognition feature will scan your face and unlock your PC in seconds. In case the above-mentioned option is off, you’ll be asked to dismiss the lock screen manually after Windows recognizes your face.
That’s it! After following these simple steps, you can easily set up Windows Hello facial recognition on your PC. So next time, when you log into your computer, the IR or RealSense camera will be looking for your face to authenticate your login.
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