You read the title correctly. I’ve added a fingerprint reader to my Surface 3. (And you can do this with any Windows 10 device that has a USB port). Windows Hello is a wonderful feature that provides an extra level of protection from prying eyes while traveling. While I’m not necessarily paranoid, I don’t want strangers seeing my password or PIN while I’m lunching and computing. I feel more secure.
While you can purchase a typecover for the Surface Pro 4 (that also works with Surface Pro 3, but this combo has some power management issues), there is no similar option to purchase a typecover with a fingerprint reader for a Surface 3.
Luckily, there’s a way to do this (if you don’t mind using the single USB port on the Surface 3 and tying it up at least while you log in; you can remove and attach this peripheral while Windows is running so for me it is no big deal).
Amazon sells this super tiny add-on fingerprint reader from “Eikon” at a good price. It’s made by Authentech, who made many of the built in fingerprint readers for nearly all the big computer vendors (they were purchased by Apple in 2012).
I attached this device to my Surface 3 (green arrow below) and Windows immediately recognized this device and installed what it needed (red arrow) in a few seconds.
I’m currently using Windows 10 Insider Build 14388, but this device will also set up in a similar manner on Windows 10 10586.xxx.
1. Go to Sign in options in Settings.
2. If you don’t already have a PIN, set one up as this is required to use a fingerprint reader.
3. Windows Hello will change the Require sign-in to Every Time as part of the setup and you will see this when setup is completed.
4. Next, you will need to “enroll” or setup at least one fingerprint; select Get started to launch the wizard.
5. Confirm your PIN when prompted.
6. Follow the prompts to swipe a finger and setup the first fingerprint (and add additional fingers if you wish to do so).
When complete, you’ll be able to log in using Windows Hello.
This is a neat little device and it installs and sets up seamlessly and flawlessly. I recommend it highly.
If you have any questions on this, you can contact me on Twitter @barbbowman or in the Microsoft Surface and Windows/Windows Insider Forums.
If you have a recent model laptop with a fingerprint reader, you can setup Windows Hello to log in to Windows using your fingerprint.
To do this, you’ll first need to set up a PIN to logon.
Here are the steps:
1. Go to Settings, Accounts, Sign-in options. If you have a supported device, you’ll see the Windows Hello option. As you can see, you will need to first setup a PIN before the Setup button is activated.
2. To setup a PIN, you will need to login to Windows 10 with a Microsoft Account and add your PIN to your MSA profile. Enter your password in the field provided and then select Sign In.
3. Next, you need to set up a PIN and confirm it. Then select OK
4. Next, select Set up under Windows Hello
5. Select Get started.
6. Run your finger over the fingerprint scanner until the setup app reports completed. You can now optional add more/different fingers.
7. When you restart, you will be able to select Sign in Options and then sign in using your fingerprint.