How to Remove the Windows 10, 8.1 Lock Screen

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How do I remove the Lock Screen function on my Windows PC or laptop?

  1. From Group Policy Editor
  2. From Registry Editor

A lot of Windows 10, 8.1 users are trying to get rid of the lock screen and to tell you the truth I would to. It is quite annoying if you have a Windows desktop or laptop and you have to go through the lock screen every time.
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The Windows 8.1, 10 lock screen can be removed by following one of the two options below. Depending on the version of Windows that you have one of them might not work properly for you. So follow the guidelines below and you will be able to fix this issue in just ten minutes of your time and also you will find out how you could switch the lock screen back on for future use if you want.

Tutorial for removing Windows 8.1 lock screen:

1. From Group Policy Editor

  1. Press and hold the “Windows” button and the “R” button on the keyboard.
  2. Now that you have the “Run” window opened up you will need to type in the run box “gpedit.msc”
  3. Press the “Enter” button on the keyboard.
  4. Now you should have the “Group Policy” window in front of you.
  5. On the left side in that window left-click or tap on “Computer Configuration”
  6. In the “Computer Configuration” folder left-click or tap on “Administrative Templates”
  7. In “Administrative Templates” left-click or tap on “Control Panel”.
  8. And in the “Control Panel” folder left-click or tap on “Personalization”.
  9. After you got to the “Personalization” folder you will have in the right menu a file with the name “Do not display the lock screen”. Double click (left click) or tap on the “Do not display the lock screen” feature.
  10. Set the value present in the feature above to “Enable”.
    Note: for enabling the lock screen to go in “Do not display the lock screen” feature and set it to “Not Confirmed”
  11. Reboot the Windows 8.1 PC and see if you got your lock screen removed from the system. Also if you could not remove the lock screen by following this option please read the option two posted a little bit below.

2. From Registry Editor

  1. Press and hold the button “Window” and the button “R”.
  2. In the Run window that pops up write “regedit”.
  3. Press the “Enter” button on the keyboard to open the “Registry Editor” window.
  4. Now after the Registry Editor window is opened left-click or tap from the menu on the left side on “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE”
  5. In the “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE” folder you will have to left click or tap on “Software”.
  6. In the “Software” folder left-click or tap on “Policies”.
  7. In the “Policies” folder left-click or tap on “Microsoft”.
  8. In the “Microsoft” folder you will find a “Windows” folder, left click or tap on it.
  9. In the “Windows” folder left-click or tap on “Personalization”.
  10. On the right side of the window you should have a DWORD with the name “NoLockScreen”, double-click (left click) on it and set the value field with “1”.
    Note: if the “NoLockScreen” DWORD is not there you can create it and set the value to “1” afterward.
  11. Close the “Registry Editor” window and reboot the Windows 8.1 device.

Note: Both methods work for Windows 8, 8.1 and Windows 10. Even if there are different engines on each system, the interface of both Group Policy editor and Registry editor is the same. You can use these solutions whithout any problems on your Windows 10, 8.1 or 8 PC. However, we must mention that the screen lock function is useful especially if you do not want certain persons to access your desktop. Thus, we suggest you think twice before doing that.

Update: Windows 10 Lock Screen may have some issues, most specifically when some users lock the screen, it goes back to sign in screen and it returns to lock screen. Hopefully, on Microsoft forums, there where an user that described this problem and also gave a solution. If you have any issues with your lock screen that goes to the sign-in screen, here’s a video that you could use in order to fix this problem:

Above you have two methods on how to disable the lock screen for your Windows 8.1 device, this is especially useful for the desktop PCs and laptops but you can also do this for your tablets or Smartphones if you wish. If you have any questions or issues with the steps posted above contact us by writing in the comments field of this page situated below.
READ ALSO: Windows 10 build 17686 triggers infinite lock screen loops

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2014 and has been since revamped and updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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