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How to disable lock screen on Windows 10

You can always disable the lock screen for quick access to the sign-in screen, and here are two ways to complete the task.

Windows 10 disable lock screen

On Windows 10, you can disable the lock screen to eliminate the extra, and in this guide, you will learn how to do it.

The lock screen is the first visual experience you see when the device starts, and it offers valuable information (such as date and time, weather, and app notifications) before you sign in, but it adds an extra step to access your account.

If you do not want to see the lock screen, Windows 10 does not include an option in the Settings app or Control Panel, but you can disable the feature using the Group Policy Editor or Registry.

In this guide, you will learn the steps to disable the lock screen on Windows 10.

Disable 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 first screen when Windows 10 starts.

Use the following steps to disable the lock screen with Group Policy.

  1. Open Start on Windows 10.

  2. Search for gpedit, and select the top result 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.

    Do not display the lock screen
    Do not display the lock screen
  5. Select the Enabled option.

    Disable the lock screen
    Disable the lock screen
  6. Click the Apply button.

  7. Click the OK button.

  8. Restart the computer.

Once you complete the steps, the next time the computer starts, you will directly direct the sign-in screen.

Removing the lock screen from Windows 10 will prevent you from having app notifications and important information before you sign in to your account.

Disable Windows 10 lock screen using Registry

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

Warning: Modifying the registry can cause serious problems if not used properly. It is assumed you know what you are doing, and you have created a full backup of your system before proceeding.
  1. Open Start.

  2. Search for regedit, and select the top result to open the Registry.

  3. Browse the following path:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
  4. Right-click the Windows key (folder), select the New submenu and choose the Key option.

  5. Name the key Personalization and press Enter.

  6. Right-click the Personalization folder, select the New submenu, and choose the DWORD option.

    Create NoLockScreen DWORD
    Create Nolockscreen DWORD
  7. Name the key Nolockscreen and press Enter.

  8. Double-click the Nolockscreen key and set its value data from 0 to 1.

    Registry disable the lock screen
    Registry disable the lock screen
  9. Click the OK button.

  10. Reboot the computer.

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