Windows 10 has some very handy sign-in options for unlocking your computer including using a fingerprint, a picture or a numeric PIN. I’ve used all three and by far my favorite is the PIN option.

Recently I reformatted my Surface Pro 3 and after installing Windows 10 Anniversary edition (build 1607), I noticed that as soon as I joined my work domain, the PIN option for sign-in was disabled. This was strange since hours earlier I was using this sign-in option with Windows 10 Anniversary edition prior to reformatting my device. I decided to try signing in to my device using a local profile and the PIN sign-on option was now available, but strangely on my Windows Domain account it was not.

After doing some research online I found that with Windows 10 Anniversary edition, this feature has reverted back to how it functioned in Windows 8, which requires it to be authorized before you can use it when on a Windows Domain.

Here is what you need to do to enable it.

Steps to Enable PIN Sign-In Option for Windows 10

  1. Open up regedit.exe
  2. Browse to [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System]
  3. Add a new DWORD key named “AllowDomainPINLogon” and set its value to “1”
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  4. Restart your computer
  5. After logging back in to your computer, go to SETTINGS, ACCOUNTS, SIGN-IN OPTIONS and you should see that the PIN option is now available to be set
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Enjoy!

References

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/84a0bd50-1360-4a94-bfb3-b049ecace521/pin-and-fingerprint-signin-options-unavailable-greyed-out-in-windows-10-1607-enterprise?forum=win10itprogeneral&prof=required

https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/b975932a-b50b-4759-b43a-c94854c6da83/cant-enable-windows-hello-with-fresh-install-of-anniversity-upgrade-on-domain-account?forum=win10itprosetup

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Today I received my Starter Pack for Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2. I purchased it from Adafruit, which you can order from here.

“Windows 10 IoT Core is a new edition of Windows targeted towards small embedded devices and maker boards such as Raspberry Pi2. IoT core is designed to work with low-level bus interfaces such as I2C, SPI, USB. You can write a Universal Windows Application using a variety of programming languages in Visual Studio to rapidly create maker projects.

You can use Windows 10 IoT Core to read sensor data, control actuators, connect to the cloud, create IoT applications and much more. The Starter Pack from Adafruit includes parts to get you started.”

Let’s get started!

Unboxing

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The Parts

Essentials

Item Quantity
Raspberry Pi 2 Board (Included in some versions of the Adafruit Starter Kit) 1
Adafruit Raspberry Pi Case 1
8GB SD card with Windows IoT Core 1
5V 2A Power Supply with MicroUSB Cable 1
USB WiFi Module 1
Ethernet Cable 1
Full Size Breadboard 1

Components

Item Quantity
Premium Male/Male Jumper Wires 1
Premium Female/Male Jumper Wires 1
MCP3008 – 8-Channel 10-Bit ADC 1
Assorted LEDs 6
Potentiometers 2
Tactile Switches 3
Resistors 10
Capacitor 1

Sensors

Item Quantity
Photocell 1
Adafruit BMP280 Temperature + Barometric Sensor 1
Adafruit TCS34725 Color Sensor 1

 

Setup

Plug in the HDMI and Ethernet cables and then plug in the power source. It was too late at night to setup the wifi, so I’ll leave that for another day.

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It took about 5 minutes for the Raspberry Pi to boot up the first time.

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Once it was booted up you see the following screen which allows you to interact with the device.

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Next Steps

Now that you’ve connected your Raspberry Pi, you need to configure your PC and Raspberry Pi before your can start development.

  1. Setting up your PC
  2. Setting up your Raspberry Pi
  3. Start Coding!

Enjoy!

Came across a great article today on how to edit the Hosts file in Windows 10.

Enjoy!

Most operating systems, including Microsoft Windows versions, use the hosts file to translate computer names. Also known as “host names” to numerical IP addresses, the hosts file is similar to using a phone book to find the matching phone number of a specific person’s name.

References

http://www.petri.com/easily-edit-hosts-file-windows-10.htm

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