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Windows 8.1 Password Quirk

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips, Windows 8

I got an interesting e-mail from Dave.  He writes:  “This has my computer-savvy friend stumped. I’m using 8.1. When I start the computer, I go to log in and hit the first letter and it acts as if I have a stuck key. This won’t stop until I hit the back arrow. I then delete all the entries and log in a second time and it works. I have tried changing the password but it still does it. Any ideas?”


Actually Dave, I have a similar issue with my Surface Pro running 8.1. When I start it up and type in the password, it always says the password is wrong, until I delete and retype and then I’m in with no problem.

I found a few other mentions of this issue with suggestions as to what may be causing it, but no concrete answers. I’ve found that if I wait a minute or two after waking up or starting the computer to attempt my log-in, I don’t see this issue. So it’s possible my Surface just wasn’t fully awake yet.

I’d suggest you pause for the amount of time you’d spend typing and retyping and try it. The good news is that I don’t see this issue in the Windows 10 preview.

~ Cynthia

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4 Responses to “Windows 8.1 Password Quirk”

  1. Don Barton says:

    Hi Cynthia
    I know you are fluent in 8.1, and a whole lot more, but instead of trying to analyze this issue, based on your own similar experience with this issue, can’t you just contact Windows Support for a definitive answer?
    Then just pass that on to your readers? Just a thought.

    • cynthia says:

      Actually Don, I’ve done that. I always do that when dealing with a Windows problem. It doesn’t appear to be a common issue, but there also doesn’t seem to be any particular way to fix it that I’ve come across. In some cases, it seems to be impatience. In the couple of others I’ve seen, that doesn’t seem to be the case.

  2. Trinidad A. Williams says:

    I encounter same issue; I’ve noticed Windows icon in array with volume-wifi-battery-hidden icon group, since I reserved Windows 10 … freeze state is frustrating-trying to resolve through maintenance & finding no tangible issue found, I clicked on the Windows icon-got the 3-step advisement display-closed it and was again able to navigate cursor.

  3. Garrett T says:

    This is interesting. I’ve always been a Mac person, but I’m starting to think windows might be better for my usage. Websites like this load faster on windows for some reason, maybe it’s because of the wordpress theme

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