How To Disable The Lock Screen In Windows 10

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Every time you unlock a locked Microsoft Windows 10 computer you are presented with a lock screen that you then must click or swipe before you can log in.  Some people don’t mind seeing a nice picture along with a news blurb, some notifications, and the time of day. Others find it to be a nuisance in the sign-in process. Why click or drag just to get to the actual sign-in screen?.

Fortunately, there’s a way to disable the lock screen on Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803) if you are willing to make a quick registry change.

First of all, you’ll need to know if you have Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro.

How to remove lock screen on Windows 10 home.

This setting can be changed in the Windows Registry. To open the Registry Editor,  press the Windows + R keys to open the Run window. Type “regedit” in the box and then click the “OK” button.

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  • Double-click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

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  • Double-click to expand SOFTWARE.

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  • A long list will expand open, double-click “Policies.”

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  • Double-click Microsoft.
  • Right-click Windows.
  • Click New and then click Key.

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  • Rename New Key #1 that you just created as Personalization and hit Enter.
  • Right-click the right pane and create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value, and name it NoLockScreen.

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  • Double-click the NoLockScreen DWORD you just created.
  • Double-click NoLockScreen to open its value data. Under Value data, change the value from 0 to 1 and click OK.

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That’s it! exit, Restart your computer, and the lock screen will be disabled and go directly to the login screen.

How to disable the lock screen in the Pro edition of Windows 10.

If you’re running a Pro edition (including Enterprise and Education) of Windows 10, you can use the Group Policy editor to remove the lock screen.

1. Right-click the Start button.
2. Click Search.

3. Type gpedit and hit Enter on your keyboard.

4. Select “Administrative Templates” and then double-click “Control Panel.”

5. Click Personalization.

6. Double-click “Do Not Display the Lock Screen” and then select “Enabled” on the pop-up menu. Click “OK” when you’re done.

You’ll no longer see the lock screen before the sign-in screen. If you don’t use a login, your Windows 10 PC will boot straight to the desktop. This might not be the simplest process, but this is still a pretty simple way to save some boot-up time.

Moses Aine

Reporter, The Postdale Daily

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