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How To: Disable Windows 10 Lock Screen

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Fortunately, learning how to disable the Windows 10 lock screen isn’t hard. For those of you out there who aren’t a fan of the new lock screen style log-in system for Windows 10, you’ll be happy to know that you’ll be able to disable it by following the steps we’ve outlined in the article below.

To disable the Windows 10 lock screen, you must tweak a few files, so please follow the guide carefully to make sure you do not make any mistakes.

What Is The Windows 10 Lock Screen?

The Windows 10 lock screen is the first page you are greeted with when you first start up your computer. Your lock screen can include background images, photos, or slideshows.

You can even add direct links to different apps from your lock screen. With apps on your Windows 10 lock screen, you can be taken to your selected app as soon as you’ve entered your log in details.

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The main functionality of the lock screen is to provide your computer with a layer of security. Without the lock screen, anybody can access your computer without a password or your Windows 10 log-in details.

For some, however, the Windows 10 lock screen proves to be more of a barrier. For example, if you use a home computer and don’t mind others accessing the computer without a password, the lock screen isn’t necessary.

We will explain how to disable the Windows 10 lock screen below.

How Do I Disable The Windows 10 Lock Screen

To disable the Windows 10 lock screen you must follow our step-by-step guide below. We’ll include pictures and screenshots along the way so that you know that you’re following the right steps.

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It isn’t hard to disable the lock screen, but you will be accessing areas of your operating system that you may be unfamiliar with. Because of this, it is important that you follow each of the steps below carefully.

Step 1: Open the Start Menu.

Either press the Windows key, or press the Start button found at the bottom left of your screen.

Step 2: Click ‘Type here to search.’

Step 3: In the Search box, type regedit, then click on the option that appears.

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Step 4: You’ll now be taken to a new window.

Make note of the new window and compare it to the image below to make sure you’re in the right place.

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Step 5:  Double click the option HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE. It’s found on the left side panel.

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Step 6: Double click Software, then Policies, then Microsoft.

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Step 7: Right Click the Microsoft folder.

Step 8: Highlight the ‘New’ option in the pop-up window.

Step 7: Click on the ‘Key’ option in the second pop-up window.

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Step 8: You can now type in a name for the new key. Type ‘Personalization’ without the quotes and then press the Enter key.

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Step 9: On the newly created Personalization folder, right click it.

Step 10: Highlight the ‘New’ option in the pop-up window.

Step 11: Click on the ‘DWORD (32-bit) Value’ option.

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Step 12: On the right side panel, type ‘NoLockScreen’ and then press the Enter key.

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Step 13: Double click on the NoLockScreen listing.

Step 14: In the ‘Value Data’ field, type 1.

Step 15: Click the ‘OK’ button

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Step 16: Restart your PC. Your lock screen will no longer appear!

If you would like to switch the lock screen back on at any point, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Open the Start Menu

Step 2: Type regedit and double click the option that appears

Step 3: On the left hand panel open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, then SOFTWARE, then Policies, then Microsoft.

Step 4: Open Personalization

Step 5: On the right hand panel, double-click the NoLockScreen listing.

Step 6: Change the value to 0, then click OK.

Restart the PC and the computer will now have the lock screen enabled. You can follow steps 1-6, then change the value to 1 at any point to disable it once more.

Help With Other Issues

Thank you for taking the time to read through our guide on how to disable the Windows 10 lock screen.

Hopefully, we have helped you to remove the Windows 10 lock screen without any difficulty. If you liked the step-by-step style that this guide used, you may appreciate reading through our other guides for Windows 10.

If you ever come across a problem and you’re not sure how to solve it, visit our guides section and you may find a suitable solution. If you can’t find a solution, simply leave a comment in the comments section below this guide and we’ll be happy to help.

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