How To: Disable The Win 8 Lock Screen

The Windows 8 Lock Screen is a feature that I found to be a bit of a novelty the first couple of times I started using Windows 8 but soon realised, for me at least, it was a waste of time when I am booting up my system.

If you’d like to disable the – okay for a bit of eye candy Lock Screen – (in Windows 8 *Pro* only), type gpedit.msc on your Start screen, this will bring up the search and you will see the app listed on the left hand side of your screen. Simply click on that to run.


Alternatively you can just press the Winkey + R, type gpedit.msc in the run box and press Enter,


this will open the Group Policy Editor.
In the left hand panel; click on Computer Configuration then Administrative Templates.

Now click on Control Panel then Personalization.

In the right hand pane, double left click on ‘Do Not Display The Lock Screen‘ and in the window that opens check the ‘Enabled‘ radial button.

Click OK then close the Group Policy Editor.
Reboot and you should now go directly to the log-in screen.


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Alan Wade

Alan is a semi-retired geek from England, who has lived in Sweden with his wife and family since 2001. His interest in computers began in the mid 1980’s with the introduction of the Commodore Vic 20 where he learned to hack game code so he could force his name to appear as the high scorer. Alan made his way through the horde of console computers in the late 80’s and early 90’s before settling on Windows with the release of Windows 3.1. He has worked in the broadband industry on both the technical and installation side. In his off time he enjoys building computers for family and friends as well as digging into the guts of the OS to customize and tweak the OS.

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