How to enable new Logon screen experience on Windows 10 (build 9926)

New Logon experience in Windows 10 build 9926

Microsoft just pushed out the January Technical Preview of Windows 10 and with build 9926 many new features and enhancements have been introduced. However, the software maker seems to be toying with other new features that aren’t yet ready for the public. One of the new features is the updated logon screen, which is available in the new preview, but it’s disabled by default.

Unlike the traditional logon experience in Windows 8.1, which features the user profile front-and-center with a square image of the user, the new logon screen features the user profile login on the top-left corner of the screen with a circular image of the user ID. To enable this new experience on Windows 10 follow the steps below:

How to enable the new logon experience on Windows 10

  1. Open the Start menu, do a search for regedit, and press Enter.

  2. Navigate the following path:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\TestHooks
  3. Double-click the Threshold DWORD and change the value to 1.

    LogonUI Windows 10 Registry

  4. Use the Windows key + L to lock your PC and try to sign-in again, and you’ll get the new logon experience.

  5. To go back, simply change the value of the DWORD of Threshold to 0.

Here is the old and the new Logon experience:

New Logon experience in Windows 10

Important: Changing settings on the Windows Registry can cause problems in your system. Only edit the registry if you know what you’re doing. I assume, you’ll backup your system before modifying anything. You’ve been warned!

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