How to Remove Fingerprint Login on Windows 7/8.1 and Windows 10 (If you Face Password Typing Issue)

A user asked me to remove fingerprint login from his Windows 7 laptop which was an HP Laptop. The biometric login was giving an issue to him while logging in. After several attempts, finally, I found a way to remove it. The main reason for his request was whenever the laptop resumes from sleep or hibernation mode he can’t type the password properly. The cursor was just flashing and after two or three characters it was going back to the first letter of the password. So, either he had to type the password very quickly or shutdown and restart the computer.

I suspected that this could be due to the fingerprint login option on the login screen. My guess was correct. Once I removed fingerprint login from Windows 7 login screen, typing a password and resuming from sleep/hibernation of Windows became easy next time. Let’s see how to remove the fingerprint login option in Windows 7/8.1 and Windows 10 too.

Fingerprint Login Remove

NOTE: It is better to leave the fingerprint login option and use it on your computer, it is more secure than the normal password usage.

Steps I Tried to Remove FingerPrint Login in Windows 7/8.1 (But Failed)

1) Remove Biometric Login from the Control Panel

I found this method in the superuser forum to turn off fingerprint login in Windows 7 by switching off biometrics in the control panel.
This option should appear in,

Control panel -> Hardware & Sound -> Biometric Devices, As shown below.

 Remove Fingerprint Logon in Windows 7

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find this option under Windows 7 Home Premium. It is available on the business version of Windows only. So this method did not help me. You can read more about this on the superuser site here.

2) Disable Fingerprint Reader in the Device Manager.

It will be under Biometric devices in the device manager. This method looked like a good option for me. But, after the restart of the Windows 7 HP laptop, the fingerprint login option came back. This time under the fingerprint sign, it displayed that the device is not ready for fingerprint capture because I disabled the biometric device from the device manager. Since the biometric login option was there on the login screen, this method also did not help me very well.

3) Remove Related Services from Startup

I removed the fingerprint/biometric related apps/services from the startup of Windows by using the System Configuration utility (Run – msconfig). Unfortuntunatly, once I restarted the laptop the original issue was there.

4) The Solution Worked – Uninstall Relevant Programs

Finally, I found out the program which is in charge of fingerprint capture and authentication on the HP laptop. It is one of the HP security authentication programs that came with the laptop. Once I uninstalled it, the fingerprint login option disappeared from the Windows 7 login screen.

You can follow these above steps on a Windows 8.1 laptop also.

If you are facing the same kind of problem, try to uninstall the software related to fingerprint capture and authentication on your computer. Mostly it will be the brand relevant utility, like Dell, HP, Toshiba. Each brand has its own software to capture and manage the biometric authentication. Note down the product name and uninstall it if you are not going to use it. In case you want to use it again, you can download and install it again.  I’m sure this post will be helpful in removing fingerprint login in Windows 7/8.1 and Windows 10 laptops.

Remove Finger Print in Windows 10

If none of the above steps helps in Windows 10, then you must look under the ‘Windows Hello’ feature. ‘Windows Hello’ is another Windows authentication method that supports several ways. If your laptop or tablet has ‘Windows Hello’ supported hardware, then it is one of the best authentication methods to use on your home or business computer.

If you want to remove fingerprint login in Windows 10,  go to the ‘Settings’ App. Click on ‘Accounts’ and ‘Sign-in’. In ‘Windows Hello’ remove the Fingerprint option button.

Remove Fingerprint Windows 10

You may need to restart or re-login after some of the above steps, but I’m sure one method will be useful to disable the Fingerprint login option on Windows PC.

Dinesh is the founder of Sysprobs and written more than 400 articles. Enthusiast in Microsoft and cloud technologies with more than 15 years of IT experience.

3 thoughts on “How to Remove Fingerprint Login on Windows 7/8.1 and Windows 10 (If you Face Password Typing Issue)”

    • Use the default HP software for that: HP SimplePass.

      But still, I did not managed to do what I needed.
      The finger print stuff was set, but without setting the admin password before.
      How can I modify/add a new password if I don’t know the previous one?

  1. I, am experiencing the need to disable if not completely remove the fingerprint feature on my new HP Laptop to allow me to access one of the websites I regularly visit. I, also, have no idea as to main startup password. What was HP and Microsoft thinking in making even administrator control so difficult? Any new fix that works without major system changes would be most welcome. Keep looking, I’m just an old lady computer user, no guru nor expert.

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