The feature is called “anti-theft protection,” and it has been designed to stop anyone from resetting the device to make it their own. When enabled, you must provide your credentials before you can erase the content to reset the device to the factory default settings. Anti-theft protection is available on Settings > Update & security, and it’s disabled by default, which means that it is up to you to set it up. It can also be controlled from the web since it is connected to your Microsoft account, but the feature doesn’t seem fully functional at the time of this writing. Although this is a useful feature to protect your device, this is not the only anti-theft feature since Windows 10X also comes with “Find my device,” which allows you to find the device’s physical location with the option to lock it remotely from your Microsoft account online. Windows 10X is expected to launch in the coming months, but it’s not clear when exactly it will happen. This is also a new version that will come pre-installed on new devices, and it won’t be an operating system that you will have access to upgrade existing devices running Windows 10. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.