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How Do I Disable Lock Screen in Windows® 8

October 08, 2012  |  Difficulty: Easy

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Windows® 8 lock screen is displayed when you restart, log out or lock your computer. You can customize the displayed image to personalize your desktop, which is described in the article that focuses on changing the lock and start screens in Windows® 8.

Lock screen does add one more keystroke to the login process. If you would prefer not to go through the lock screen step, you can actually disable it entirely. Although Microsoft® hides this option quite well, this article will show you how to disable the lock screen in just a few steps. Once done, you will see a login screen similar to the one displayed in previous Windows® versions.

Disabling lock screen in Windows® 8 instructions:

  1. Launch your computer with Windows® 8 operating system.
  2. Type “gpedit.msc” at the Start screen (or into the search box) and press Enter.
  3. In the Group Policy Editor, navigate to “Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization”.
  4. Double-click the “Do not display the lock screen” option, set it to “Enabled” and click the “OK” button.
  5. The next time you restart your system, log out or lock the screen, you’ll see the login screen instead of the lock screen.

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