How to disable the Lock screen on Windows 10 Anniversary Update

Clever workaround to disable the Lock screen for good on the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Windows 10 never included a feature to directly disable the Lock screen. However, before the Anniversary Update was released, users were able to change the Group Policy settings or registry to disable the Lock screen.

On the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro users are not longer allow to change the Lock screen settings through Group Policy or registry as it was possible before. However, despite the new restrictions, you can still prevent the Locks screen from showing up with a new registry and Task Scheduler trick, which first appeared on Quarter of three forums.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to disable the Lock screen on the Anniversary Update of Windows 10 (version 1607).

How to disable the Lock screen on Windows 10 Anniversary Update

  1. Use search to open Task Scheduler.

  2. Select Task Scheduler Library from the left pane.

  3. Click Create task from the right pane.

    Windows 10 Task Scheduler

  4. Assign a name for the new task. E.g., My Disable Lock Screen Task.

  5. Select the Run with highest privileges option.

  6. On the “Configure for:” drop-down menu, select Windows 10.

    Disable Lock Screen using Task Scheduler

  7. Click the Triggers tab.

    Task Triggers tab on Windows 10 Anniversary Update

  8. Click New.

  9. Select At log on under “Begin the task drop-down menu”.

  10. Click OK.

    Begin task "At log on"

  11. Click New again.

  12. Select On workstation unlock under Begin the task drop-down menu.

  13. Click OK.

    Begin task "On Workstation Unlock"

  14. Click the Actions tab.

  15. Click New.

    Task Actions tab Windows 10 Anniversary  Update

  16. On the “Program/script” field, type reg.exe.

  17. On the “Add arguments (optional)”, type the following command:

    add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\SessionData /t REG_DWORD /v AllowLockScreen /d 0 /f
  18. Click OK.

    Action "Start a program"

  19. Click the Condition tab.

  20. Uncheck “Stop if the computer switches to battery mode” and “Start the task only if the computer is on AC power”.

  21. Click OK.

    Task Conditions tab Power settings

  22. Restart your computer to complete the task.

The only caveat with this workaround is that it will only work after you sign-in, lock, sign-out of your PC. You’ll still be able to see the Lock screen during reboot.

Once your computer reboots, Windows 10 should have skipped the Lock screen, and you should now see the sign-in screen instead.

Remember that by disabling/removing the Lock screen, you won’t be able to access Cortana about the Lock screen, and it’ll prevent you seeing app notifications and important information before you sign in to your account.

Were you able to disable the Lock screen on Windows 10 version 1607? Tell us in the comments below.