Disable, Enable Lock Screen in Windows 8

The Lock Screen in Windows 8 is pretty good to look at, but really not required on a PC or a laptop. Sure it has its use on a Tablet, where users may like to see notifications, date or time even when their device is inactive. But on a desktop, it’s just one more step to cross before you can log in. You have to open the Lock Screen by either clicking on it or hitting Enter, which really is a waste of effort.

windows 8 lock screen rtm 400x224 Disable, Enable Lock Screen in Windows 8

Disable the Lock Screen in Windows 8

If you do not like the default Lock Screen, you can always change it. But if you wish to completely disable the Lock Screen in Windows 8, you can do that too. To do so, open the Group Policy Editor and navigate to the following settings:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization.

lock screen disable 400x256 Disable, Enable Lock Screen in Windows 8

In the right side pane, double-click on Do not display the lock screen to open its settings box.

lock screen 2 400x370 Disable, Enable Lock Screen in Windows 8

Select Enabled and click on Apply/OK. That’s it!

This policy setting controls whether the lock screen appears for users, in Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 or Windows RT. If you enable this policy setting, users that are not required to press CTRL + ALT + DEL before signing in will see their selected tile after  locking their PC. If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, users that are not required to press CTRL + ALT + DEL before signing in will see a lock screen after locking their PC. They must dismiss the lock screen using touch, the keyboard, or by dragging it with the mouse.

If you wish, you can also disable the Windows 8 Lock Screen by editing the Registry Editor. To do so, type regedit in search and hit Enter to open it.

Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization

If you do not see Personalization, you will have to create a new Key and name it so.

lock reg1 400x242 Disable, Enable Lock Screen in Windows 8

Now in the right pane, create a new DWORD and name it NoLockScreen.

lock reg2 400x242 Disable, Enable Lock Screen in Windows 8

Next double-click on NoLockScreen to change its value from 0 to 1.

lock reg3 400x242 Disable, Enable Lock Screen in Windows 8

Click OK and exit the Registry Editor.

Restart your Windows 8 computer.

You will now, NOT see the Lock Screen, but will directly see the login screen after the boot screen.

Go here to prevent users from changing Lock Screen image in Windows 8.

Posted by on , in Category Windows with Tags
Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • http://twitter.com/_pankaj Iam Pankaj

    Thanks for the post…

  • keralaflowerplaza

    Words to be read and digested…

  • Goldi

    TWC please post the link to the lock screen wallpaper to download .

  • Lysle Shaw-McMinn

    Thank you, this worked on my 2 windows 8 devices. It does not work on windows RT (surface, freshly bought).

  • 8hater

    THANK YOU!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/wolfram.schmied.3 Wolfram Schmied

    Thank you, works as advertised.

  • 8lover

    Thank you!

  • lassel

    what if my lock screen is locked and i cannot open it what will i do?

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    That won’t happen. :)

  • bob

    hey dickhead, how do u open the group policy editor?

  • http://www.thewindowsclub.com Anand Khanse

    Learn to ask questions properly, or get the F out of here you bonehead! :D

  • NowWhat

    All of this is great if you have win 8, the Pro edition, or a 32bit version… I tried everything here on a 8.1, 64 bit machine and NO JOY. Please advise…

  • http://thewhizzer.blogspot.com/ Buck

    Well done Anand some sites would have barred him for that

  • digitalchet

    Same here. No joy with either method. Its so frustrating to have the lockscreen on a media system hooked up to a TV, and more so not to be able to do anything about it!!

  • Recent Comments