How to Disable the Windows 10 Lock Screen

Disable Windows 10 Lock Screen

Don't want to see a lock screen with picture everytime you want to log into Windows 10?

Want to go straight to the sign in screen?

Then you are on the right page, because here...

...I will show you step by step how to disable the Windows 10 lock screen, so that you will go straight to the sign in screen every time you start your PC.

But first:

Windows 10 Lock Screen

The lock screen is the screen you see when you start your PC, lock Windows or when you are signed out.

The lock screen shows a picture, the date and the time. To unlock it you need to click, tap or press a keyboard key and then you will go to the sign in screen.

If you don't want this, then you can turn it off by following the two methods on this page.

And now:

2 Methods to Disable the Lock Screen

If you have Windows 10 Pro edition, then you can use method 1.

But:

If you have Windows 10 Home Edition, then you will need to use method 2.

If you don't know which edition you have, then right-click on the start menu button, click on "System" and at "Windows edition" you can see which edition you have.

Method 1: Local Group Policy Editor

If you are using the Windows 10 Pro edition, then you can disable the lock screen using the built-in Local Group Policy Editor.

1 Press the the Windows + R key to open the Run window.

2 Enter gpedit.msc and click on "OK".

Open Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 10

3 Drill down into: Computer Configuration Administrative Templates Control Panel Personalization.

Open Personalization in Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 10

4 Click on "Personalization".

5 Double-click on "Do not display the lock screen" (right side).

Disable Windows 10 Lock Screen in Local Group Policy Editor 1

6 Check (select) "Enabled".

Disable Windows 10 Lock Screen in Local Group Policy Editor 2

7 Click on "Apply" (bottom right).

The next time you will start your computer you won't see the lock screen.

Method 2: Windows Registry

If you are using the Windows 10 Home edition, then you will need to edit the Windows Registry.

Note! editing the registry incorrectly can break Windows, so I don't recommend this unless you're already familiar with editing the registry.

Backup the Windows Registry

When you want to make changes to the registry it's always a good idea to make a backup of it. If something goes wrong, then you can double-click on the backup file to restore the registry.

1 Right-click on the Start menu button and choose "Run".

Open Windows 10 Registry Editor 1

2 Enter regedit and click on "OK".

Open Windows 10 Registry Editor 2

3 Click on "File" (top left) and choose "Export" from the drop-down menu.

Windows 10 Registry Backup 1

4 Select a location on your computer where you want to save the backup, enter a name for the backup at "File name" and then click on "Save".

Don't close the Registry Editor.

Disable the Lock Screen

5 Drill down into: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE Software Policies Microsoft Windows.

Windows 10 Registry

6 If you don't see a "Personalization" key, then right-click on "Windows", go to "New", choose "Key" and rename this new key to "Personalization".

Create a Registry Key in Windows 10

7 Right-click the "Personalization" key, go to "New" and choose "DWORD (32-bit) Value".

Create a Registry Key Value in Windows 10

8 Right-click on "New Value #1" (right side), choose "Rename" and enter "NoLockScreen".

Rename Registry Key Value in Windows 10

9 Double-click on "NoLockScreen".

Change Registry Key Value in Windows 10 1

10 Change "Value data" to 1 and click on "OK".

Change Registry Key Value in Windows 10 2

The next time you will start your computer you won't see the lock screen.

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