As of yesterday, suddenly my laptop has an extra layer of security. 🙂 Unless I hold down shift-and-enter during boot, I can’t sign in. Everything boots normally, and the pin/password boxes appear, but I can’t enter anything into them. I can press all I want on the keyboard with the focus on the pin and/or password boxes but nothing appears in it. Using the touch screen keyboard to key the pin and/or password doesn’t work either, same result, nothing appears in the pin/password entry box. Booting into safe mode doesn’t work either because there’s a password to get in, and you can’t enter anything into the password entry area. So using an external USB keyboard has the same result. Can’t type anything in. But if I hold down shift-enter during boot I can sign in with a pin or password no problem. What does holding shift-enter during boot do? It doesn’t look any different, just now I can sign in. I guess I have to do that from now on. Arrrg!
Solution that worked for me:
- Turn off your Windows 10 computer
- Press and hold the Shift key and the Enter key at the same time
- Either the left or the right shift key will do, it doesn’t matter
- Turn on the power of your Windows 10 PC or laptop while still holding down those two keys (Shift and Enter).
- Keep holding shift and enter keys until the sign in screen appears
- Now the pin / password entry boxes no longer ignore your entries