The lock screen is an informative and pretty layer to the Windows 10 login screen that doesn’t do much good. It’s just a swipe or click and drag to dismiss it, but if you’d rather disable the lock screen on Windows 10, there are a few ways to do it.
Disabling Lock Screen in Windows 10
If you are running the latest edition of Windows Home April 10 Update, then the best way to turn off the lock screen in Windows 10 is to add a new registry key. There are several steps involved, but if you follow them one by one, you will soon know how to get rid of the Windows lock screen for good.
Warning: Changing the Windows registry can have a dramatic effect on how Windows operates and should not be taken lightly. If you’re not at all sure about the changes you’ve made, start over, or talk to a professional.
- Open the Windows 10 registry editor by typing “Regedit” into the Windows search bar. Select the appropriate result.
- When asked whether to allow the app to make changes to your device, select Yes.
- From the left menu, double-click HKEY_LOCAL MACHINE.
- Double-click SOFTWARE.
- Double-click Policies.
- Double-click Microsoft.
- Right-click Windows.
- From the drop-down menu, select New, then select Lock.
- Name it Personalization.
- Select the key you just created. Right-click in the right-hand window and select New, then select DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Rename the “New Value #1” DWORD you just created as NoLockScreen. Regedit should automatically select the name of the entry to customize, but if it doesn’t, right-click it and select Rename.
- Double click NoLockScreen.
- In the Value data field, type 1.
To see if the changes you made have taken effect, press Windows key + L to lock your PC. If you’re taken directly to the login screen instead of the lock screen that normally processes it, congratulations, you’ve successfully disabled the Windows lock screen!
Turning Off the Lock Screen in Windows 10 Pro
While making changes to the Windows 10 registry will disable the lock screen in Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro, users of the latter have an alternative method that is slightly faster. It also works for Enterprise and Education versions of Windows 10.
- Search for “GPedit” in the Windows 10 search bar and select the appropriate result.
- In the Local Group Policy Editor window, look at the left menu and double-click Administrative Templates.
- Double-click Control Panel.
- Select Personalize.
- Double click Don’t show lock screen in the right pane.
- Select Enabled at the top left, then select Apply and select OK.
Try to see if you have successfully disabled the lock screen by pressing Windows key + L. If you are taken to the login screen instead of the lock screen, congratulations, you have removed the Windows 10 lock screen from your system.
If you want to re-enable the lock screen, repeat the steps above and select Disabled during step six instead.
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