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How to disable the lock screen in Windows 8

By on October 19, 2012 | Last Updated: December 21, 2012 | Read 37,569 times.
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Windows 8 has a new lock screen that is shown when you lock Windows. This new screen allows you to see information such as new mail, calendar entries, the weather, and other information while the computer is locked. If you do not want to use the new lock screen, you can disable it via a policy in the Group Policy editor. This will turn off the lock screen and instead you will be shown a login prompt when you lock your screen in Windows 8.

Note: If you are not using Windows 8 Professional or Enterprise you will not have access to the group policy editor. Instead you should follow the instructions here.

To access the Group Policy Editor you should type Group Policy in the Start Screen and then click on the Settings category. The option for Edit Group Policy should now appear.

Click on the Edit Group Policy option and the Group Policy editor will open. Under the Local Computer Policy, expand the tree to the following path:

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization

When you see Personalization, left click on it to select it as shown in the image below.

 

Personalization Policies screen

 

In the right-hand pane you should now see a variety of settings. Double-click on the Do not display the lock screen setting and its properties screen will open.

 

Do not display the lock screen setting

 

Select the Enabled radio button and then click on the Apply button. Finally click on the OK button and close the Group Policy Editor. Windows 8 will no longer show the lock screen. If you want to enable this feature in the future, just go back to the same setting and change it to Not Configured.

If you are not using Windows 8 Professional or Enterprise you will not have access to the Group Policy Editor. Instead you will need to enable the setting through the Windows Registry. This setting can be enabled by creating the NoLockScreen REG_DWORD value under the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization Registry key and setting it to 1.

Note: You should only use these Registry files if you do not have access to the Group Policy Editor.

If you do not feel comfortable editing the Registry, you can download this Registry file that will make the changes for you:

http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/reg/DisLock.reg

Just download the above Registry file and double-click on it. When it asks if you wish to merge the data, click on the Yes button.

If you want to enable it again in the future you can download and run this Registry file:

http://download.bleepingcomputer.com/reg/EnLock.reg

 

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