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    Lock Screen - Enable or Disable in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable the Lock Screen in Windows 10
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    01 Jun 2015

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    How to Enable or Disable the Lock Screen in Windows 10

    information   Information
    The lock screen is the screen you see when you lock your PC (or when it locks automatically after you haven't been using it for a while). The lock screen will also show at startup, and when you are signed out and idle for one minute. You will need to dismiss the lock screen to be able to see the sign in screen and sign in to Windows. Users can dismiss the lock screen using touch, the keyboard, or by dragging it up with the mouse.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the lock screen to show before the sign in screen for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to enable or disable the lock screen.

    warning   Warning
    If you have secure sign-in enabled for users to require them to press the Ctrl+Alt+Delete keys on the lock screen before signing in, then the lock screen cannot be disabled.


    CONTENTS:
    • Option One: To Enable or Disable Lock Screen using Group Policy
    • Option Two: To Enable or Disable Lock Screen using a REG file
    • Option Three: To Disable Lock Screen using a Task
    • Option Four: To Disable Lock Screen using Security Policy Rule




    EXAMPLE: Lock and sign in screen in Windows 10
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    Lock Screen - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Lock Screen - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable Lock Screen using Group Policy

    Note   Note
    Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Two below.


    Starting in Windows 10 Insider build 14271 and Windows 10 Anniversary Update (build 14393.0), this option will only work for the Windows 10 Enterprise, Education, and Server editions.

    All editions can use Option Three below.


    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of Local Group Policy Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)

    Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization

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    3. In the right pane of Personalization in Local Group Policy Editor, double click/tap on the Do not display the lock screen policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Enable the Lock Screen

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.


     6. To Disable the Lock Screen

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

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    7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.

    8. You can press the Windows+L keys to lock the computer to verify.






    Lock Screen - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Lock Screen - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    To Enable or Disable Lock Screen using a REG file

    Note   Note
    The .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization

    NoLockScreen DWORD

    0 or delete = enable
    1 = disable


    Starting in Windows 10 Insider build 14271 and Windows 10 Anniversary Update (build 14393.0), this option will only work for the Windows 10 Enterprise, Education, and Server editions.

    All editions can use Option Three below.


    1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Enable the Lock Screen

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_Lock_Screen.reg

    download


     3. To Disable the Lock Screen

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_Lock_Screen.reg

    download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. If prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.

    8. You can press the Windows+L keys to lock the computer to verify.






    Lock Screen - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION THREE Lock Screen - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    To Disable Lock Screen using a Task

    Note   Note
    This option will not disable the lock screen at startup. It will disable the lock screen when a user locks the computer, signs out, and resume from sleep.


    1. Press the Win+R keys to open the Run dialog, type taskschd.msc, and click/tap on OK to open Task Scheduler.

    2. Click/tap on Task Scheduler Library in the left pane of Task Scheduler, and click/tap on Create Task in the right Actions pane. (see screenshot below)

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    3. In the General tab, type a name (ex: "Disable Lock Screen") you want for this task, and type an optional description of the task. (see screenshot below)

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    4. In the General tab, check the Run with highest privileges box. (see screenshot below)

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    5. In the General tab, select Windows 10 in the Configure for drop down menu. (see screenshot below)

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    6. Click/tap on the Triggers tab, and click/tap on the New button. (see screenshot below)

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    7. Select At log on in the Begin the task drop down menu, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    8. Click/tap on the New button in the Triggers tab. (see screenshot below)

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    9. Select On workstation unlock in the Begin the task drop down menu, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    10. Click/tap on the Actions tab, and click/tap on the New button. (see screenshot below)

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    11. Type reg in the Program/script field. Type the command below into the Add arguments field, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    By default, the AllowLockScreen DWORD is reset to 1 at log on to always have the lock screen enabled.

    This command for the task will keep the AllowLockScreen DWORD set to 0 instead to disable the lock screen.


    Code:
    add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\SessionData /t REG_DWORD /v AllowLockScreen /d 0 /f

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    12. You will now see this new action listed. (see screenshot below)

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    13. Click/tap on the Conditions tab, uncheck the Start the task only if the computer is on AC power box, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

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    14. You will now see this new task (ex: "Disable Lock Screen") listed in the Task Scheduler Library. You can now close Task Scheduler if you like. (see screenshot below)
    Tip   Tip
    To undo this task and enable the lock screen again, you would just need to delete this new task (ex: "Disable Lock Screen").


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    15. Sign out and sign in to apply the task. The task will automatically be applied to all other users on the PC the next time they sign in.






    Lock Screen - Enable or Disable in Windows 10 OPTION FOUR Lock Screen - Enable or Disable in Windows 10
    To Disable Lock Screen using Security Policy Rule

    Note   Note
    This option will not disable the lock screen at startup. It will disable the lock screen when a user locks the computer, signs out, and resume from sleep.

    The Local Security Policy is only available in the Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise editions.


    1. Open Local Security Policy (secpol.msc).

    2. Expand open Software Restriction Policies and open Additional Rules in the left pane. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    If you do not have Additional Rules under Software Restriction Policies, then right click on Software Restriction Policies and click on New Software Restriction Policies.


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    3. Do step 4 (disable) or step 5 (enable) below for what you want to do.


     4. To Disable Lock Screen

    A) Right click on Additional Rules in the left pane, and click on New Path Rule. (see screenshot below step 3)

    B) Copy and paste C:\Windows\SystemApps\Microsoft.LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy under Path, set Security level to Disallowed, click/tap on OK, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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     5. To Enable Lock Screen

    NOTE: This is the default setting.

    A) Right click on the policy rule in the right pane of Additional Rules, and click on Delete. (see screenshot below step 3)

    B) Click/tap on Yes to confirm, and go to step 6 below. (see screenshot below)

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    6. You can now close the Local Security Policy window if you like.



    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. Join Date : Oct 2014
    Hartselle
    Posts : 219
    Windows 10 Pro 14393.479
       01 Jun 2015 #1

    Shawn
    The group policy edit has not worked for me for several builds. I think that ever since the Lock Screen went to XAML type the group policy edit is being ignored.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  2. Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 16,428
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       01 Jun 2015 #2

    Hey tracit,

    Yeah, I had some policies I found that don't do anything right now as well.

    This one still works though. At least for me it does in build 10130.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  3. Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10 Professional
       09 Aug 2015 #3

    tracit99 said: View Post
    Shawn
    The group policy edit has not worked for me for several builds. I think that ever since the Lock Screen went to XAML type the group policy edit is being ignored.
    Have you tried running the gpupdate.exe /force command after modifying the policy?
    Sometimes Windows doesn't react to GP changes automatically.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  4. Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 121
    Windows 10 1607
       01 Sep 2015 #4

    I used the Group Policy on my 64-bit desktop Windows 10, and it works fine.But on my 32-bit tablet with Windows 10 Home, the registry key does not work. This is after doing gpupdate.exe /force.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  5. Join Date : Oct 2013
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       01 Sep 2015 #5

    Hello Mark,

    Did you also test to see if restarting Windows on the tablet may help?
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  6. Join Date : Aug 2015
    Posts : 181
    Windows 10
       01 Sep 2015 #6

    I found that the registry edit works well, so I avoided changing the policy altogether.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  7. Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 16,428
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       01 Sep 2015 #7

    satchmo said: View Post
    I found that the registry edit works well, so I avoided changing the policy altogether.
    Hello Satchmo,

    I'm glad to hear it's working well for you.

    I hate to be the one that breaks the bad news to you, but the registry edit is the same thing that group policy sets. I just like having different options for doing the same thing in the tutorials in case one option (ex: group policy) is not an available option in say Windows 10 Home.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  8. Join Date : Oct 2014
    Posts : 121
    Windows 10 1607
       01 Sep 2015 #8

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello Mark,

    Did you also test to see if restarting Windows on the tablet may help?
    I did, and it didn't!

    However, what I then did was download the same .reg file as you have here, but from another source, and import that. For some reason that did it.
    Nothing changed - I had already created the correct key and DWORD. But it didn't take effect until I imported that .reg file.
    Weird!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


  9. Join Date : Oct 2013
    Posts : 16,428
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 14971
       01 Sep 2015 #9

    Mark,

    Odd. Are the contents of that .reg file the same as this one?

    If so, then I suppose that it may just not have successfully fully merged last time.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec


 
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