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How to disable the Lock screen on Windows 10

Starting with the Windows 10 Redstone 3 update, you can disable the Lock screen — Here's how to do it.

Disable Lock screen on Windows 10

The Lock Screen is the first experience you get when Windows 10 starts, and it offers valuable information, such as date and time, weather, and app notifications, but for many users, it’s also an extra step every time they need to access their account.

Unfortunately, if you want to disable the Lock screen on Windows 10, you won’t find an option in the Settings app (or Control Panel), but starting with the Windows 10 Redstone 3 update, you can stop displaying the Lock screen using Group Policy and the Registry.

It’s should be noted that the policy to control the Lock screen experience has been around for sometime, but it didn’t work before. However, Microsoft has now announced that is making changes based on feedback, and starting with the Redstone 3 build 16179 or greater, users can to disable the experience.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to completely disable the Lock screen on your Windows 10 PC.

How to disable the Windows 10 Lock screen using Group Policy

If you’re running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education, you can use the Local Group Policy Editor to disable the Lock screen and only show the traditional sign-in screen when Windows 10 starts.

  1. Open Start menu.

  2. Search for gpedit, and press Enter to open the Local Group Policy Editor.

  3. Browse the following path:

    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization
  4. Double-click the Do not display the lock screen policy.

  5. Check the Enabled this option.

  6. Click Apply.

  7. Click OK.

    Don not display the lock screen in Windows 10 Group Policy

  8. Reboot your computer to complete the task.

Keep in mind that removing the Lock screen from Windows 10 will prevent you having app notifications and important information before you sign-in to your account.

How to disable the Windows 10 Lock screen using Registry

Windows 10 Home doesn’t include the Local Group Policy Editor, but it’s still possible to disable the Lock screen on Windows 10 modifying the Registry. This method also works for Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education.

Warning: It’s very important to note that modifying the Windows registry can cause serious problems if not used properly. It’s assumed you know what you’re doing and you have created a full backup of your system before proceeding.
  1. Open Start menu.

  2. Search regedit, right-click the result and open the registry as an administrator.

  3. Browse the following path:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
  4. Right-click the Windows folder, select New, create a new Key, and name it: Personalization.

  5. Inside the Personalization folder, right-click, select New, create a DWORD, and name it: NoLockScreen.

  6. Double-click the NoLockScreen key and set its value data to 1 and click OK.

    Disable Lock screen Windows 10 registry

  7. Reboot your computer to complete the task.

After you restart your computer, you will notice that Lock screen has been removed, and you should see only the sign-in screen.

If this enabling this policy doesn’t remove the Lock screen, it’s because you’re not running the Windows 10 Redstone 3, which is scheduled to release in summer 2017.

Originally published on September 2015, updated on April 2017.

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