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.
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.
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.
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.