Starting from Windows 10 v1803 build 17063, Microsoft made it mandatory to set security questions for local user accounts. The benefit of setting security questions is that you can easily reset local user account password. All you have to do is answer a few questions. If you are not a fan of these security questions, starting from build 18237, you can disable security questions for local accounts in Windows 10. Once disabled, Windows 10 will no longer prompt you to set up security questions while creating new local user accounts.
Let me show you how to enable or disable security questions for local user accounts in Windows 10.
Windows 10 doesn't give any options in the Settings app to disable security questions for local accounts. However, you can still enable or disable them from Group Policy editor and/or the Registry editor. Let me show you how.
Enable or disable security questions in Windows 10:
Before proceeding, you need to be using Windows 10 v1903 or higher to enable or disable security questions for local accounts. If your Windows 10 version is lower than the specified version, you not will find the Group Police we are looking for.
Enable or Disable Security Questions From Group Policy Editor
If you are using Windows 10 pro then you can disable security questions for local users accounts using the Group Policy editor. All you have to do is enable a single policy and you are good to go. You need to have administrative privileges to change security questions state in Windows 10.
1. Search for "gpedit.msc", right-click on it and select the option "Run as Administrator".
2. In the policy editor window, go to "Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Credential User Interface"
3. Here you will see policies related to credentials. On the right panel, find and double-click on the policy "Prevent the use of security questions for local accounts". This is the policy that controls the security questions settings.
4. Configure the settings as follows.
- To disable security questions, select "Enabled" and click on the "Ok" button.
- To enable security questions, select "Disabled" or "Not Configured" and click on the "Ok" button to save changes.
The policy will be automatically enforced on your next reboot. If you want to, you can force update group policy by executing the gpupdate \force command in the command prompt window as an admin.
Enable or Disable Security Questions From Registry Editor
If you are a Windows 10 Home user then you will not have access to Group Policy editor. However, you can still enable or disable them from Registry editor. You just have to create a registry value. To be on the safe side, backup registry before making any changes to it. Alternatively, you can also create a system restore point.
For ease of use, I've provided downloadable reg files. Download the reg file below according to your need and double-click on it to add necessary keys and values.
Quick tip: you can open .reg files with Notepad to see what keys and values you are creating or adding by executing the said file.
On the other hand, If you want a hands-on approach, you can follow the manual method shown below.
Disable Security Questions using Reg File
To disable security questions, download this reg file and double-click on it. When you see a prompt, click on the "Yes" button.
Enable Security Questions using Reg File
To enable security questions, download this reg file and double-click on it. When you see a prompt, click on the "Yes" button.
1. Search for "regedit" in the start menu, right-click on it and select the option "Run as administrator".
2. In the Registry editor, go to the following location.
3. On the right panel, right-click and select "New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value". Name the new value as "NoLocalPasswordResetQuestions" and press Enter.
4. Double-click on the newly created value and set the Value Data as
- "1" to disable security questions
- "0" to enable security questions.
Note: To enable security questions, you can also delete the newly created value.
Once you are done, click on the "Ok" button to save changes and close the Registry editor. Restart your system to make the changes take effect.
That is it. It is that simple to enable or disable security questions in Windows 10.