3 most likely fixes for Just A Moment at PIN setup in Windows 10

Are you stuck at setting up a PIN in Windows 10 installation with a blue screen saying “Just A Moment”? This blog post gives you the 3 most likely solutions to fix this issue.

Issue

During the Windows 10 installation, Cortana asks you to set a PIN. The setup hangs on a blue screen with the message “Just a moment”. Cortana asks if you want to set a PIN, but you don’t have an option to skip this step.

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Solutions

Display the PIN screen with ALT+TAB (Solution 1)

  1. Press ALT + TAB on your keyboard (Hold the ALT key while pressing TAB once).
  2. You will see a screen where you can enter your PIN. Release ALT and TAB.
  3. Enter a 6 digit code. For example 102938. Note that this must be a ‘difficult’ code; 123456 will not work.
  4. Press ENTER once you have entered the 6 digits.
  5. Enter the same unique PIN again for verification. For example 102938
  6. Press ENTER again.
  7. The setup should now continue.

Close the PIN window (Solution 2)

If solution 1 didn’t work, try this:

  1. Press ALT + TAB on your keyboard (Hold the ALT key while pressing TAB once).
  2. Click the X cross in the top right corner
  3. The PIN screen closes and you are returned to the main screen. From here try to skip the PIN step via “Skip this step”.
  4. You may also be able to return to the previous setup screen and then forward again.

Disconnect your WIFI (Solution 3)

This solution may sound strange, but has already worked for many people:

  • Do not enter any WIFI settings
  • Or disconnect your WIFI/network connection.

If you have already entered your WIFI settings in the Setup, this is the method to complete the setup without WIFI:

  1. Disconnect your WiFi connection. On some PCs and laptops, this is a physical button on the side or top. If you can’t find it: turn off your internet router or modem.
  2. Restart your laptop or PC. You switch off your laptop by pressing the power button for 10-15 seconds.
  3. Then turn your laptop back on and run the setup again.
  4. After setup, you can switch on your modem or router again.

 

Usually, I do not experience any issues during Windows 10 setup. Except this Windows is unable to install to the selected location error :). But I felt this PIN issue to be blogpost-worthy.
Here’s why you should set up a PIN in Windows 10 (during setup, or at least afterward): https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/identity-protection/hello-for-business/hello-why-pin-is-better-than-password

Do you still experience Just a Moment – PIN setup issues, even after these possible fixes? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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Alex

Thank you so much. Finally worked. Only 3rd option switching off WIFI.

Dan

Thank you. Alt + tab made my day!!!!!!

FRED Busch

FRED again. I powered off/on, and skipped the network option. Altogether different dialog followed, and everything was great ever after. Thanks. I am happy

FRED Busch

Very concise instructions. I was really excited until trying to do so. Alt-Tab goes to PIN entry A-OK, but it goes right back to blue justamoment as soon as Alt is released; while Alt is held, no input accepted.

I will try no WiFi, but there inaccessible controls, and WiFi comes from somewhere in the building. Password is needed to connect, but now I am connected until timeout, 2 hrs I think.

Geni

I also was unable to disconnect from WiFi, but I chose the loft line experience” instead of putting in my Microsoft account info, and the setup continued flawlessly.

Muhammad Khairul Anuar Bin Sheikh Mohamed

disconnecting the internet worked for me, it returns an errror message and allows you to skip. Thanks

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