Prevent plaintext PINs from being returned by Credential Manager

This policy setting prevents plaintext PINs from being returned by Credential Manager. If you enable this policy setting Credential Manager does not return a plaintext PIN. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting plaintext PINs can be returned by Credential Manager. Note: Enabling this policy setting could prevent certain smart cards from working on Windows. Please consult your smart card manufacturer to find out whether you will be affected by this policy setting.

Additional Information

  1. Registry path is:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE -> SOFTWARE -> Policies -> Microsoft -> Windows -> SmartCardCredentialProvider # DisallowPlaintextPin

  2. The Administrative Template path is:

    Windows Components -> Smart Card


* Making mistakes while changing registry values can affect your system adversely. We recommend you to create a System Restore point before making registry manipulation. If you're new to Registry Editor, read this beginner's guide.
** To locate the registry and administrative template path, checkout beginner's guide.
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