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.


  1. It would be helpful if you told your readers that this only works in Windows 8 Pro. There is no group policy editor in the regular Windows 8 that comes in most laptops and desktops these days. It would also be helpful if you told us how to do this without the GPE. There is a registry hack available, but you should know that, right?

  2. Jim;
    Thanks for the edit. I think that it will save a lot of people a lot of time looking for the gp editor that isn’t in their version of Windows 8! ; over here, in most stores that I have shopped in, most low to mid level laptops for sale come with the basic Windows 8 OS, not the pro version. I have yet to find a Windows 8 Pro laptop under $800 in stores tat I have visited.
    As far as the registry hack I mentioned, there is one that I have used to disable the lock screen called “DisableLockScreen”, which is a .reg file that will disable the lock screen ad it also includes a .reg to re-enable it if you want to. I am not associated with this .reg file in ay way; I just found it online by doing a search for a way to disable the lockscreen via a registry hack.
    I hope this information helps some of your readers.

  3. Hi
    Thanks for this gem of advice. A bit of time saving but is there anyway of booting straight into the desk top in windows 8 pro.

    Thank you for your very informative website I always look forward to seeing it on Sunday morning NZ time