Disable the Windows 10 Lock Screen (Video)

Although not really Photography related, I thought I’d share with you how I disabled the Lock Screen in Windows 10.

In Windows 10, the Lock Screen is displayed when you first boot up where you have to press a key or a mouse button to continue to the login screen. This is also the case if you Sign Out of Windows.

Both my PC and Laptop are fitted with SSD drives, therefore, they boot very quickly just a few seconds. It was annoying me that you have this extra step before login.

The video explains how to disable the Lock Screen in both Home and Pro Versions. Some details are also found below the video.

{Remember to watch in HD if possible}



The main difference in the procedure between Windows 10 Home and Pro is that Pro has the Group Policy Editor meaning you can disable the Lock Screen in there, however, the Registry Hack way works on both Home and Pro. I would recommend using the Group Policy Editor if you are running Windows 10 Pro.

Disable the Lock Screen in Windows 10 Home (Also works for Windows 10 Pro, but recommended to use the procedure below)

Click on the search button next to the Start Button and type regedit and select the command shown in the list.

Search for regedit

The Registry Editor will load, in the left pane navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

Registry Editor

Right-click on the Windows Key and select New followed by selecting Key

New Key

Name this new Key Personalization (remember to spell it the American way with a Z)

Personalization

Right-click on the new Personalization Key and select New followed by selecting DWORD (32-bit) Value

New DWORD

Name this new DWORD NoLockScreen

NoLockScreen

Double-click on the new NoLockScreen DWORD and change the value to 1 (you can leave the setting as Hexadecimal)

NoLockScreen value 1

Reboot and all done! If you wish to revert this setting you can either change the value to 0 or simply delete the Personalization key and reboot.

Disable the Lock Screen in Windows 10 Pro
The Pro version is tailored towards business use and therefore has the Group Policy Editor which enables you to make policy changes to the computer. Although the registry hack above also works for the Pro version, it’s far better to use the Group Policy Editor and a lot more simple too!

Click on the Search button next to the Windows button and type group policy you could also type gpedit and select the Edit group policy option

gpedit

This will launch the Local Group Policy Editor, in the left pane, select Administrative Templates under Computer Configuration (not the one under User Configuration)

Administrative Templates

In the pane on the right, double-click Control Panel followed by double-clicking Personalization

Personalization

In the setting list you should see Do not display the lock screen, double-click this and in the settings box change the setting from Not Configured to Enabled.

Click OK, close down Local Group Policy Editor and reboot, you’re all set. To revert this, simply repeat the process and change the option back to Not Configured.

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6 Comments

  1. I’ve always used the old “control userpasswords2” method – it’s easier and still lets you use the lock screen if you leave your desk if you want to.

    Not something I’d do on a laptop but for a desktop where I want to be logged in automatically, it’s fine. 👍

    1. Yes, I’ve used this in the past but on a PC that has access to my NAS which means access to my photos and other important documents in this instance I opt for the PIN screen.

  2. Craig,
    I have been struggling for weeks to get the lock screen off my computer. I finally found your recording for Home and Pro and I followed your directions to a T for home. First I didn’t log off I just restarted it didn’t work so I went through the process again everything was still setup so I logged off but again it didn’t work. Please help I really need the lock screen off. Thanks. Cathy

    1. That’s interesting. Since recording the video, I have stopped using it myself and use the lock screen. I will take a look to make sure my process still works ok….. Give me a few days to check it out.

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