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  1.    09 Mar 2017 #230

    I came across this tip which MAY BE the solution we have all been looking for for AU version. I HAVE YET TO TRY IT.

    Basically, it uses the debugger facility whereby the execution of an executable is redirected to run another application (basically does not check the debugger argumant is actualy a debugger - see quote below).

    The rundll32.exe is chosen as it basically does nothing if it does not have a dll argument.

    This is a variant on a method I saw where the lockapp.exe directory was renamed so it could not be found - however, that solution crashed on some pcs.

    This is slightly different inasmuch to run lockapp.exe, it runs rundll32.exe instead so (IN THEORY) this should not crash.

    Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Image File Execution Options\LockApp.exe]"debugger"="rundll32.exe"

    To add to registry, just paste text between dotted lines into a file e.g. lockscreen.reg and double click on it (needs admin rights).

    Of course, USUAL CAVEAT - make image backup of Windows first, and backup of registry as well.

    I am going to try it in an (unactivated) VM later, and then on my tablet and laptop if it shows promise. Will report back - maybe one of you guys are brave enough to give it a crack as well.

    --------------- quote from a web site-------------
    Windows doesn't verify that the "debugger" is truly a debugger - it just spawns the application in the debugger value. This means that you can put "notepad.exe" in the debugger value under calc.exe, and every time you try to run "calculator", notepad will run instead.

    EDIT: Failed miserably 😥
    Last edited by cereberus; 09 Mar 2017 at 14:47.
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  2.    07 Apr 2017 #231

    I've done everything I can so my computer doesn't advertise to me when I start it up, but Microsoft trying to get me into a "rewards" program today - even with all the options I can set to "JUST BE A DAMN OS I AM NOT A PRODUCT" is the last straw. Sign me up for every class action when they happen, I can't tell you how many times I've been outraged by Win10 at this point. Apparently we're all fine with massive predatory monopolies without even a pretext of consumer protection controlling our most vital tools and using them as an advertising platform. Sorry. SORRY. I do have a question.

    But really, when I saw that somehow all of my personal, private photos had been uploaded to their "cloud" without my knowledge or consent - sorry.

    Sorry. Not here to vent about how awfully violated I feel by this cynical piece of spy and adware. :\

    Can't play most of me games on Linux (+ no photoshop) or Mac (+ it's no better and severely overpriced) so ... consumer choice FTW?

    Having the severely crippled "home" version is just the icing on the cake! Haha why would I want to easily be able to fix any of the weekly issues I run into with a new computer as a power user? HAHA YAY LET'S WORK AROUND IT WITH TASK SCHEDULER UNTIL THEY CRIPPLE THAT TOO. WAIT THAT'S WHAT I'M POSTING ABOUT.

    Sorry. SORRY. It's just so gross.

    Anyway so the ad on my lockscreen for some "give us your credit card number and shopping behaviour" reward scam by MS is the last straw, so I found this forum and, following along with #3, ran into this
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    Haven't read through this entire thread but I did look through the last few pages, is this a known issue? Anything I can do?

    Going to see if option #4 will still work now, just thought I'd post a "bug report". Thanks!

    (Seriously I'm not holding my breath but someone please get in touch with me if they hear about class actions regarding all the seriously shady crap in Win10 - about our computers' OS advertising to us or about how difficult it is to opt-out of giving the MS cloud all our personal photos and documents when setting up / migrating to a new box or about how updates regularly take away or cripple functionality, that, you know, we PAID for, or, really ANYTHING, it's just so cynical and so gross. SORRY. )
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  3. Brink's Avatar
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       07 Apr 2017 #232

    Hello superduper, and welcome to Ten Forums. :)

    Yep, step 9 in your post is correct. This won't disable the lock screen at startup though.

    If you have Windows Spotlight selected for your lock screen, you could switch to a picture instead to stop that bit of advertising.

    In addition, you might like this below as well.

    Disable Advertising in Windows 10 - Windows 10 General Tips Tutorials
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  4.    07 Apr 2017 #233

    Hi Brink,


    So it's known that "On Workstation Unlock" is no longer an option?
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  5. Brink's Avatar
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       07 Apr 2017 #234

    It should still be there. At least it is for me.
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  6.    07 Apr 2017 #235

    Not for me, as the screenshot shows. Could I have done something wrong? Home Version 1607 (hey look! you can't select/copy on the About screen! YAY.)
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       07 Apr 2017 #236

    I must admit that I'm not sure why you don't have the option. It's available on all my systems including a Home edition.

    On workstation unlock is only for when you unlock the computer. You'll still be covered for when you sign in normally from a sign out with the At log on item.

    If you like, you might go ahead and update to the Windows 10 Creators Update version 1703 build 15063 to see if that may restore the options for you.

    Update to Latest Version of Windows 10 using Update Assistant - Windows 10 Installation Upgrade Tutorials
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  8.    17 Apr 2017 #237

    Well this is interesting - I have just clean installed 10 PRO CU 1703 and set the PC to NEVER requiring a password when waking from sleep in sign-in options as I prefer.

    I had not yet done the task schedule change to remove need for lock screen (Option 3).

    Well here's the thing - I put pc in sleep mode to check it did not need a password on waking from sleep and to my surprise, the PC woke up without needing to dismiss the lockscreen!

    I double checked by putting it to requiring a password from sleep, and as I anticipated, the lockscreen was back and needed to be dismissed before entering a password.

    Just in case It was a fluke, I reset need for no password to never, and lo and behold no lockscreen!

    I guess you still need the task scheduler method if you want no lockscreen but want to enter a password on wake - never tested that as I never want a password on wake.
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       17 Apr 2017 #238

    Hello @cereberus, :)

    Do you still have the lock screen on startup from a shut down?
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  10.    17 Apr 2017 #239

    Brink said: View Post
    Hello @cereberus, :)

    Do you still have the lock screen on startup from a shut down?
    Yeah - but actually I always autologin so it just disappears automatically immediately.

    So actually behaviour is more consistent ie
    no lockscreen (in effect) if you auto login at boot or upon wakeup, and you get one at boot or wakeup if you need to enter a password.
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