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[Resolved] Cannot type letters in Windows 10 boot up password field.

PostPosted: 24. Sep 2019, 23:35
by spflanze
In 64 bit Ubuntu 18.04 I am running Windows 10 inside VirtualBox 6.0. Ever since I expanded the Windows 10's screen resolution to be greater than default, so I could see more of its desktop, and applications, at once, I have been unable to type letters in the Windows 10 password field to login to my user account. The feedback asterisks that show a character has been typed appear only for numbers. They do not appear for letters. I have attempted to ignore the absence of asterisks for letters, and type in the password anyway, but this did not work to get logged in.

The inability to log in has prevented me from changing the screen resolution to what it was right after Windows 10 was first installed in VirtualBox 6.0. I am hoping there is a solution short of the drastic measure of removing and reinstalling Windows 10. Is there one?

Re: Cannot type letters in Windows 10 boot up password field.

PostPosted: 25. Sep 2019, 00:38
by socratis
I would like to see the recipe of the VM, the ".vbox" file. Right-click on the VM in the VirtualBox Manager, select "Show in Finder/Explorer/FileManager/Whatever". ZIP the selected ".vbox" file and attach it to your response.

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Re: Cannot type letters in Windows 10 boot up password field.

PostPosted: 25. Sep 2019, 06:31
by spflanze
The requested file is attached

Re: Cannot type letters in Windows 10 boot up password field.

PostPosted: 25. Sep 2019, 08:58
by socratis
With the VM completely shutdown (i.e. not saved or paused), open up Terminal, enter the following commands:

    VBoxManage setextradata "Windows 10" "GUI/Fullscreen"
    VBoxManage setextradata "Windows 10" "GUI/LastNormalWindowPosition"
    VBoxManage setextradata "Windows 10" "GUI/LastGuestSizeHint" value="1280,1024"

Re: Cannot type letters in Windows 10 boot up password field.

PostPosted: 26. Sep 2019, 22:17
by spflanze
Thanks for your reply. This did work to set the screen resolution to a more desirable one for my screen.

But it still accepts only numbers. But I noticed that it was not a password it was asking for, as I expected. It was asking for a PIN. So I entered my numeric PIN and was able to loggin to Windows 10.

Re: Cannot type letters in Windows 10 boot up password field.

PostPosted: 27. Sep 2019, 09:08
by socratis
spflanze wrote:But I noticed that it was not a password it was asking for, as I expected. It was asking for a PIN.
:shock: what does that mean? What "PIN" are you referring to? Obviously this is not a VirtualBox question, but you got my curiosity going... It's OK, I found the answer: Windows 10: Use a PIN Instead of a Password to Sign In. Interesting... they took a numeric-only password login option, and they called it a new feature! :)

spflanze wrote:So I entered my numeric PIN and was able to loggin to Windows 10.
Glad you were able to get the screen size and login. Marking as [Resolved].

Re: [Resolved] Cannot type letters in Windows 10 boot up password field.

PostPosted: 29. Sep 2019, 10:14
by fth0
spflanze wrote:But it still accepts only numbers. But I noticed that it was not a password it was asking for, as I expected. It was asking for a PIN. So I entered my numeric PIN and was able to loggin to Windows 10.

Additional info for future readers:

If the Windows 10 PIN is configured to allow non-numeric characters and if at least one non-numeric character is used in the PIN, then you can enter all characters at the PIN login prompt.