Why Does It Take So Long for Windows 10’s Login Screen to Tell You About a Wrong Password Entry?

Why Does It Take So Long for Windows 10’s Login Screen to Tell You About a Wrong Password Entry?

If you’re like most PC users, you’ve been using Windows 10 for over a year now.

The operating system has gone through numerous updates, but one thing has remained constant: Windows 10’s login screen sometimes takes a long time to tell you about a wrong password entry.

We’ve all been there. You type in your password, smash the enter key, then wait patiently for Windows 10 to login. 5 seconds later, you get a warning stating that you entered the wrong password.

Well, one Redditor was finally fed up with this issue after it took his Windows 10 PC 37 seconds to tell him about the wrong password entry. That Redditor claims that the problem has become worse since the Anniversary Update.

The weird thing is, it takes Windows 10 only a second to check a correct password entry before logging you in.

So what’s the reason it takes so long to check an incorrect password? We got to the root of the issue – with the help of some tech-savvy Redditors.

Why It Takes So Long

The reason it takes so long is because Windows 10 stores your password locally on your system (your password is stored on your computer’s hard drive).

However, if you enter the wrong password while connected to the internet, it will first go to the Microsoft server to check if you changed the password from your online account and entered the new one.

Why does Microsoft do this? It’s a backup strategy for those who forgot their passwords.

If you genuinely can’t remember the password to your Windows PC, then Microsoft lets you change the password remotely. When you enter the incorrect password, the local machine checks that password instantly. Then, instead of instantly delivering an error message, Windows 10 checks your Microsoft account to see if you’ve created a new password.

If you have a slow internet connection, or if the Microsoft servers are slow, or if it takes your PC a little longer to connect, then you get a delay.

None of this happens if your computer is offline, or can’t connect to the internet. If your computer is offline, you get a message requesting that you enter your previous password, because Windows won’t be able to detect a new one.

How to Avoid this Problem

There’s a surprisingly easy way to avoid the Windows 10 slow login screen problem. Just setup a PIN login.


PINs are stored locally on your Windows machine. When you enter a PIN, your computer doesn’t have to check the Microsoft servers for more information.

Here’s how to add a PIN to your account:

Step 1) Open the Settings app (type Settings) into Cortana/Start Menu

Step 2) Click on the Accounts icon

Step 3) Click on Sign-in options (it’s on the left side)

Step 4) Click on the Change button under PIN (if you don’t have a PIN, you’ll see an Add button)

Step 5) Enter your current password or PIN at the top, then enter a new PIN and tap OK

That’s it! You now have a PIN that lets you gain fast entry to your Windows 10 account even when you enter it incorrectly. No more annoying delays on login.

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