The Windows 10 lock screen is a wonderful security feature, if you want to use it. However, Microsoft really wants you to use it, so it’s more difficult than you might think to disable the Windows 10 lock screen. Don’t worry. If you’d rather not use it, you can get rid of it.
Benefits of the Windows 10 Lock Screen
Before you disable the Windows 10 lock screen, consider why it’s there to begin with. The lock screen requires you to enter a pin or a password to access your account on that computer. If you use your computer at work, school, at public place, or in a house with other people, it’s beneficial to lock your account when you’re not using your computer.
Obviously, you’ll want to keep the lock screen enabled if you share a computer with multiple users and each has their own account. This ensures everyone only has access to their own files and programs.
It’s actually easy to personalize the lock screen. If you only want to disable the Windows 10 lock screen because it looks bland, see all the ways we’ve found to personalize the lock screen with backgrounds and apps.
Disable the Windows 10 Lock Screen
Despite seeming mandatory, the lock screen isn’t required to use your Windows 10 computer. Most users just keep it around because there isn’t an obvious way to disable it.
The only way to truly disable the Windows 10 lock screen is to edit your registry. Please note that changing your registry could result in unwanted issues with your computer if you don’t follow the steps exactly. Please back up your files before continuing. It’s also a good idea to set a System Restore point.
These steps assume you have the Home edition of Windows 10. If you have the Pro version, skip to the next set of steps.
- Press Win + R to open the Run dialog box.
- Type regedit and hit Enter.
- Confirm you want to let the Registry Editor make changes to your machine (if prompted).
- Expand HKEY_LOCAL _MACHINE.
- Expand Software.
- Expand Policies.
- Expand Microsoft.
- Right-click Windows.
- Choose New > Key.
- Type Personalization and press Enter.
- Right-click the newly created Personalization key.
- Choose New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Type NoLockScreen and hit Enter.
- Double-click NoLockScreen (which you just created).
- Type 1 as the Value Data.
- Press OK.
If you ever want to re-enable the lock screen, change the NoLockScreen value to 0.
If you have the Pro edition of Windows 10, you can use Group Policy to disable the Windows 10 lock screen. The Group Policy Editor isn’t available in the Home edition.
- Press Win + R.
- Type gpedit and hit Enter.
- Expand Administrative Templates.
- Expand Control Panel.
- Click Personalization.
- Double-click the Do not display the lock screen setting.
- Choose Enabled.
- Click Apply and OK.
Re-enable the lock screen by turning the setting back to Disabled.
Odds are, you won’t need to re-enable the lock screen unless you want to set up multiple user accounts or start using your computer outside of your home.
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