How to assign default credential provider in Windows 10

It is known fact that Windows 10 will come with multiple sign-in options. This is due to presence of different credential providers in Windows 10 OS. In the earlier Windows versions like Windows 7, XP and Vista, there is only one password credential provider option. In Windows 8, Microsoft has added few new additions to the credential providers family and in Windows 10 more members were added to it.


In the above screenshot, you can see two different sign-in options available to the users and they can either of them as choice. If you focus on the logon screen, you will find Password sign-in icon that is selected by default. This is due to password sign-in provider is the default password credential provider. Here in this article we will see how to assign the default credential provider in Windows 10.

How to assign default credential provider in Windows 10

  • Press Win+R keys to launch RUN dialog box and here type regedit and press Enter to open Registry Editor.
  • Here navigate to the following key
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionAuthenticationCredential Providers
  • Here you will find the list of the registered credential providers and their GUIDs.
  • In the above window, expand Credential providers key and you will find some sub-keys.
  • Now press Win+R keys an type gpedit.msc in the RUN dialog box and press enter, this will open  Local Group policy editor.
  • In the local group policy editor, navigate to
    Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Logon


  • In the right side pane of the above window, find Assign a default credential provider option and the policy will be set to Not Configured by default. Double click on this to get the following window.


  • Now set the policy to Enabled state and in Assign the following credential provider as default credential provider input box and type CLSID.
  • Finally click on Apply and OK and close the local Group Policy editor and restart the PC for the changes to take place.

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