How to Disable Windows 8 Lock Screen?

Clicking on Windows 8 lock screen before you get the start screen every time is a bit of pain for the patience. When you boot or wake your PC from sleep, you’d see the lock screen with live notifications of time, calendar events, social apps and battery power. This would remind you using a smart phone rather not a computer and more specifically when you wanted to get back to work quick after waking your computer up the lock screen would stand as a unnecessary gateway to get through.


You may find the lock screen very useful if you are using a windows tablet or a mobile phone


When it come to PCs, you would want to get back straight to work after waking up the computer from sleep. In this case, bypassing the lock screen is recommended.


Method 1: Using Local Policy Editor

We use Local Policy Editor here to make so. Press Windows+R, type ‘gpedit.msc’ and hit ‘Enter’. Local Policy Editor will be opened,


Local policy editor windows 8

  • Go to Computer Configuration>Administrative Templates>Control Panel>Personalization and double-click on ‘Do Not Display Lock screen’ and ‘Enable’ it. Click ‘Ok’ or hit ‘Enter’.
  • Restart the PC and you’ll be taken straight to login screen instead of the lock screen.

Note: Local Policy Editor will only be available in Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise editions. If you are using any other version of Windows 8 operating system, please read through other methods also.


Method 2: Using Windows Registry

Windows lock screen can also be disabled using Windows Registry. Any version of the Windows operating system would have windows registry and it is the integral part of the Windows family.


Note: Backing up registry before making up any changes is a good practice.


To disable the lock screen,

  • Hit Windows+R, type ‘regedit’ and hit ‘Enter’. This will open Windows Registry window.
  • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization
  • Right click on the right pane and create a DWORD with name ‘NoLockScreen’. Set its value to 1 and exit the registry. Restart the computer and you’ll notice the lock screen skipping off the boot.

Note: You will have to create the ‘Personalization’ folder if you don’t find it in the path specified in the registry.

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