When you first boot Windows 8, change users or wake from sleep, you're presented with a lock screen that you must drag up and away (or click to close) before you reach the login prompt. While having the weather, time and number of emails displayed on a lock screen makes sense on tablets and phones, it's a waste of time on PCs where users just want to see a password prompt and log in.
Disabling this productivity-robbing lock screen is really easy, if you know how to find the right control panel menu.
1. Hit Window Key + R. A run dialog box appears.
2. Type gpedit.msc into the box and hit Ok. The Local Group Policy Editor appears.
3. Navigate to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Tools -> Control Panel -> Personalization in the left pane of the window.
4. Double click (or tap) on Do not display the lock screen. Another dialog box appears.
5. Select Enabled and click Ok.
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