How to disable the lock screen in Windows 10 or Windows 11

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The Windows 10 lock screen is right at home on a tablet, but it just adds an extra key to the login process on a desktop or laptop. You can disable the lock screen with a quick registry hack.

We’ve previously provided instructions for disabling the lock screen, but these required the Group Policy editor. Once you’ve made this setting, Windows will always go directly to the password prompt, bypassing the new lock screen.

Update, 05/20/22: We have tested it and this registry hack will disable your lock screen in both Windows 10 and Windows 11.

At one point, Microsoft disabled these settings in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, but the company re-enabled them starting with the Windows 10 April 2018 Update. On modern versions of Windows 10, it works just fine. Still works on Windows 8, too

Quickly disable lock screen

If you don’t want to edit the registry by hand, we’ve done the work for you. Simply click here and download the .zip file to your computer:

Download DisableLockScreen.zip

REG files to disable or enable the lock screen.

Open the downloaded file and double click the DisableLockScreen.reg file to disable the lock screen on your computer. (If you’re curious about what a .reg file will do, you can right-click it and select Edit to examine it before importing.)

Once you’ve imported the file, you’re done; you don’t even have to restart your computer. If you want to get the lock screen back later, just double-click the EnableLockScreen.reg file.

Manual registry editing

Warning: As always, be careful when editing the registry. Accidentally deleting or modifying registry values ​​can make your PC unstable or even completely inoperable. First you need to familiarize yourself with the basics.

If you prefer to edit the registry manually, follow the instructions below:

Open Registry Editor (RegEdit) by pressing the Windows key or by opening the Start menu, typing “regedit” in the search bar and pressing Enter. You can also click “Open” if you prefer. Opening RegEdit is the same in Windows 8, Windows 10, and Windows 11, although the user interface looks different.

Navigate to the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindowsPersonalization

If you don’t see the customization key, right-click the Windows key above it, and then select New.

Then create a key called Personalization.

Right-click the right pane or customization key and create a new DWORD (32-bit) value named NoLockScreen .

Double-click “NoLockScreen”, set the value to 1, and then click “OK.”

Close the registry editor and voila, you don’t even have to restart your computer.

To re-enable the lock screen in the future, remove the NoLockScreen value from your registry or set it to 0.