GWKB2039 : How to Disable the Windows 8 Lock Screen

Product: Window-Eyes
Author: Marc Solomon
Date Added: 10/08/2013
Last Modified: 04/17/2014

According to Microsoft, the Windows 8/8.1 Lock Screen serves three basic purposes:

  1. Prevents accidental sign-in attempts on touch devices
  2. Provides a personalized surface for the user
  3. Displays lightweight information to the user: date and time, network and battery status, notification from a limited set of apps

For most desktop PC users, these features are not as important as being able to quickly log in to access your applications for email, web browsing, etc. If you would like to disable the Windows 8 lock screen to reduce the number of steps in the sign in process and be presented with the password screen automatically when Windows starts up, complete the following steps:

  1. Press the Start key, type gpedit.msc, and press Enter. This will open the Local Group Policy Editor.
  2. In the Local Computer Policy tree view navigate to Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, Personalization.
  3. Press F6 or Tab to the list of Personalization settings and Down Arrow to select "Do not display the lock screen".
  4. Press Enter to edit the policy setting, and in the resulting dialog box select the Enabled radio button and then press Enter or activate the OK button.

The change will take effect immediately.

If you are running the Pro edition of Windows 8/8.1, you will need to modify the registry to disable the Lock Screen.  Warning: Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall the operating system. GW Micro cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. It is recommended that you make a backup of your registry before making any changes.  Modify the registry at your own risk.

  1. Press the Start key, type "regedit", and press Enter.  If prompted, activate the yes button in the User Account Control dialog to continue.  This will open the Registry Editor.
  2. Locate HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
  3. Create a new Key called "Personalization"
  4. Under that Key, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value and name it "NoLockScreen"
  5. Set the value to 1.