February 13, 2014

How to Disable Password Reveal Button on Windows 8/8.1 Logon Screen

When we start Windows 8/8.1 computer and after typing user password in text password box in logon screen, there is an image just like an eye, Password Reveal Button, representing “display password”. When you click the image, you could see password you have typed in.
windows 8 password reveal button on logon screenOn one hand, it allows computer users the opportunity to check the spelling of password before clicking the arrow button to log in. On the other hand, there is a potential security problem. So in the consideration of computer security, you can choose to disable Password Reveal Button or let it be default settings. Now this article mainly introduce two ways to disable password reveal button. The main steps to enable “display password reveal button” are similar.
You can disable the Password Reveal Button on the Windows 8 logon screen with a registry tweak or with an edit by the Local Group Policy.

Way 1: Disable password reveal button in Local Group Policy

If you are using Windows 8 professional, you can disable Password Reveal Button by changing a Group Policy setting.
1. Press Win + R to open Run box and type in “gpedit.msc”, press Enter to open Local Group Policy Editor.
open local group policy editor
2. Navigate to: Computer Configuration - Administrative Templates – Windows Components – Credential User Interface

disable password reveal button in credential user interface
3. On the right side of Local Group Policy Editor window, there is one option “Do not display the password reveal button”. Double click it and a new window would appear, which is about “password reveal button” configuration.

display password reveal button
4. Choose “Enabled” option to disable the password reveal button. And then click “Apply” and “OK” and close Local Group Policy Editor.
If your Windows comes with Local Group Policy Editor, you can disable password reveal button there. If not, you can disable the Password Reveal Button with registry tweak.  

Way 2: Disable password reveal button in registry editor

1. Suppose you are using the standard version of Windows 8, press Win + R to access Run dialog box, typing “Regedit” and click OK. And then open following:
HKEY_ LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
2. When you access the Windows subkey, you’ll add a new key called CredUI. Right click Windows and then select New-Key, name new key CredUI.

create windows key in registry editor
3. Right click the CredUI key and select New-DWORD. When the new value appears, name it DisablePasswordReveal.

create windows key value
4. Double click the new value and set value data to 1. To put the new setting into action, click “OK” and close Registry Editor. Restart your system.

change windows key value data
After you disable Password Reveal Button, no matter which method you use, when you login in to Windows 8 again, you would find the difference on Windows 8 password box. There is no image eye in the text password box after typing user password.

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