Getting Rid of the Lock Screen

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 2, 2017)

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In Windows, the Lock Screen is what you first see when you get your computer's attention. It serves the same function as the introductory screen you see when you activate your phone or tablet. It typically contains a picture, the time, the date, and little else.

The Lock Screen can be very helpful when you are working with a phone or tablet; it provides a degree of protection to a device that is easily misplaced, bumped, or jarred. (The biggest plus in my book—the Lock Screen on a phone helps prevent "pocket dialing" which can be bothersome and, at times, embarrassing.) If you are using Windows on a desktop computer, though, you may want to get rid of the Lock Screen, as it serves very little practical purpose.

To turn off the Lock Screen, you'll need to use the Local Group Policy Editor. If you've used Windows for a few versions, you may already be familiar with the policy editor. Rest assured that the familiar interface is still buried within Windows, waiting for you to dig it out. Follow these steps:

  1. Display the Charms bar at the right side of your screen. (Do this by swiping right-to-left or moving the mouse to the very upper-right or lower-right of the screen. You can also accomplish this step by pressing Win+C.)
  2. Click Search. Windows displays the Apps screen with the Search box in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  3. Type gpedit.msc and press Enter. Windows locates and runs the Local Group Policy Editor. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Local Group Policy Editor.

  5. Use the navigation pane (left side of the screen) to navigate to Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | Control Panel | Personalization.
  6. At the right side of the screen, double-click the Do Not Display the Lock Screen entry. Windows displays the Do Not Display the Lock Screen dialog box. (See Figure 2.)
  7. Figure 2. The Do Not Display the Lock Screen dialog box.

  8. Click the Enabled radio button. (This sounds backwards, I know—you are not enabling the Lock Screen, you are enabled the "Do Not Display" property of the Lock Screen.)
  9. Click OK to close the Do Not Display the Lock Screen dialog box. The setting in the Local Group Policy Editor is updated.
  10. Close the Local Group Policy Editor.

The change is effective immediately; you don't need to reboot your system. Remember that turning off the Lock Screen doesn't mean that people can get into your system without your say-so. Windows still keeps the login screen in place, even if the Lock Screen is disabled. In other words, someone will still need to know your password in order to start using your system.

 This tip (12821) applies to Windows 8.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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What is 7 - 1?

2017-01-05 09:35:13

Bill Smith

Thanks, Thomas. Those steps worked. Many thanks.


2017-01-04 19:35:19

Thomas Redd

Bruce,
The tip says it is for windows 8. Here is how to do it in Windows 10.

1. Right-click the Start button and select Run from the pop-up menu. In the Run dialog box, type regedit and click OK. You may encounter a User Account Control (UAC) pop-up window asking you if you want to allow this program to make changes to your computer. Click Yes to proceed.
2. The Registry Editor will open. In this window, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows.


3. In the Windows folder, right-click in the right pane of the Registry Editor, select New and then select Key. This will appear as a folder in the Windows folder, titled New Key #1. Rename it Personalization and select the folder by clicking it.


4. In the Personalization folder, right-click in the right pane of the Registry Editor, select New and then select DWORD (32-bit) Value. You will see a new item pop-up in the right pane of the Registry Editor, titled New Value #1. Rename this to NoLockScreen.
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5. Double-click NoLockScreen to open its value data. Under Value data: change the value from 0 to 1 and click OK. Exit out of the Registry Editor and reboot your PC -- you will no longer see the lock screen (though you will still see the log-in screen, where you'll need to enter your password to log in to your PC -- unless you disable the log-in screen using this tutorial).


2017-01-04 16:06:37

Bruce

I've encountered the same problems Bill Smith describes. The steps just don't work.

Please help - - I'd love to get rid of the lock screen.


2017-01-03 07:52:49

Bill Smith

Concerning your article on Getting Rid of the Lock Screen, that is something I've wanted to do on my Windows 10 computer for a while, since I'm the only one at home other than my wife, and I have no reason to password-protect anything from her. However, reading through the article, I've tried each step and found the following:

1. Swiping right-to-left or moving the mouse to the very upper-right or lower-right of the screen does nothing
2. Win+c does nothing.
3. gpedit.msc in the Run window yields an error message, "Windows cannot locate gpedit.msc

Without one of those above steps working at all, the rest of the article is useless to me. This is the second time I've found a Tip I wanted to follow (I've forgotten what the first was) that I could not perform for some reason or other. Both of them have started with steps 1 and 2 above.


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