Windows 10 Quick Tips – Lock Screen


windows-lock-screenThe Windows Lock Screen was introduced in the now infamous Windows 8 version. People seem to have mixed feelings about it– some like seeing a pretty picture when they start their computer, while others see it as an unnecessary annoyance which involves yet another click of the mouse to get past it (me, for instance).

This week’s Quick Tips article will show you how to skip the Lock Screen nuisance when you boot up your computer. Please note that the following instructions will work on the Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions of Windows 10. Eliminating the Lock Screen in the Home edition involves Registry changes that won’t be covered in this post.

How To Disable The Lock Screen

We’ll be using the Group Policy Editor to accomplish our task. It is a straightforward procedure, so follow these steps to get the job done:

  1. Use the Windows Key + R to open a Run Box
  2. Type in gpedit.msc and hit Enter
  3. In the left panel under Local Computer Policy, follow this path: Administrative Templates ->Control Panel->Personalization

That should bring you to a screen that looks similar to this one:

group-policy-editor-lock-screen-setting

  1. In the right panel, double-click on Do not display the lock screen
  2. In the window that opens, tick the Enable radio button

It should look like this:


lock-screen-setting

Click the OK button, close the Group Policy Editor, and you’re done. To revert to the original settings, come back to this screen and you can choose either Not Configured, or Disabled. (Either choice will yield the same results.)

As always, if you have any helpful suggestions, comments or questions, please share them with us,

Richard

About the Author

Richard Pedersen

Richard received his first computer, a C-64, in 1982 as a gift and began dabbling in BASIC. He was hooked! His love for computing has led him from the old “XT” boxes to the more modern fare and from clunky 10MB hard drives to smooth and fast modern day SSD drives. He has run BBS services, Fido mail, and even operated his own computer repair business.

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