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    Enable or Disable Lock Computer in Windows

    Enable or Disable Lock Computer in Windows

    How to Enable or Disable Lock Computer in Windows
    Published by Category: General Tips
    22 Sep 2018
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Enable or Disable Lock Computer in Windows

    information   Information
    Locking your PC protects it from unauthorized use when you need to step away from the PC, and don't want to sign out or shut down. When you lock the computer, you will be taken to the lock screen by default to dismiss (unlock) and sign in when ready to continue where you left off. Other users can still sign in to their accounts from the sign-in screen.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to lock the computer for all users in Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

    If you disable lock computer, Lock will also be removed from the Start menu, Power menu, Ctrl+Alt+Del screen, and Alt+F4 Shut Down Windows locations in Windows.

    You must be signed in to Windows as an administrator to enable or disable lock computer.

    Note   Note
    I would like to thank our member @WOT for bringing this to my attention to create a tutorial for.



    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

    DisableLockWorkstation DWORD

    0 = Enable
    1 = Disable



    Here's How:

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


     2. To Enable Lock Computer for All Users

    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_computer.reg

    download


     3. To Disable Lock Computer for All Users

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

    Disable_Lock_computer.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 delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn



  1. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 19,874
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #1

    This is also possible via Group Policy for Pro upwards users:
    2 Options to Remove the Lock Option from Windows Start Menu | Password Recovery

    And to note: exactly as stated in the Group Policy description, all this does is to remove the option from the Start Menu - Windows key + L will still lock the computer if this is in force.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 42,250
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 18985
    Thread Starter
       #2

    dalchina said: View Post
    This is also possible via Group Policy for Pro upwards users:
    2 Options to Remove the Lock Option from Windows Start Menu | Password Recovery

    And to note: exactly as stated in the Group Policy description, all this does is to remove the option from the Start Menu - Windows key + L will still lock the computer if this is in force.



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  3. dalchina's Avatar
    Posts : 19,874
    Win 10 Pro (1903)
       #3

    Good one in the thread on missing Lock option.. bet you're right on that one..
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 42,250
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 18985
    Thread Starter
       #4

    dalchina said: View Post
    Good one in the thread on missing Lock option.. bet you're right on that one..
    I hope one of the options was the cause.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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