How to Disable the Lock Screen in Windows 10

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Windows 10 lock screenEvery time your computer boots or wakes from sleep, you have to click your mouse button or swipe up to make the lockscreen disappear before you get hit with a login prompt. 

You can save time and a click by disabling the lock screen and going straight to the login screen in Windows 10. Here's how.

    1. Open the registry editor. Hit CTRL + R, then type regedit into the prompt and hit Enter. Click Yes if you receive a warning from User Account Control.


    2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows by opening the various folders in the tree.

      Navigate to the right registry key

    3. Create a new registry key called Personalization if one doesn't already exist. To create the key, right click in the right pane, select Key from the menu and then rename the key to "Personalization."

      Create a registry key and name it personalization

    4. Navigate the Personalization key.

    5. Right click in the right pane and select New then DWORD (32-bit) Value.

      Create new DWORD

    6. Name the new value "NoLockScreen" (without quotes).

      Name it no lock screen

    7. Set NoLockScreen to 1 by double clicking on its name, entering a "1" in the Value data field and hitting OK.

      Set NoLockScreen to 1

After your next reboot, the lock screen will be gone. If you want to re-enable it, just change the registry setting from 1 to 0.

Disabled your lock screen but want to save those nice images that show up for it? Here's how to find Windows 10's spotlight lock screen pictures.

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Avram Piltch
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