Logging into user account in Windows 7 and previous versions was a simple task. When you see a login screen just enter the password and press enter.
Now since the introduction of Windows 8, Microsoft has added an additional step to Windows log in process. Now a lock screen appears on your PC which shows information such as PC’s battery status, date & time, and notifications from modern apps. Users need to press enter key or click on the lock screen to see the login screen where you need type your password to proceed to the Start screen or desktop.
The lock screen was first introduced in mobile operating systems first. Even though the lock screen in Windows 8/8.1 provides some valuable information and is customizable in many ways, users who don’t want to go through an additional step might want to disable or remove the lock screen.
There is no option available in the Control Panel or PC settings to turn off the lock screen, you can remove the lock screen either by disabling the same in Group Policy Editor or editing Windows Registry.
Follow one of the given below instructions to remove the lock screen. We advise you create a system restore point before making changes to Group Policy or Windows Registry so that you can quickly restore the lock screen without having to go through the lengthy procedure.
Method 1: Disable lock screen using Registry Editor
Step 1: Open Run command box, type Regedit and then press enter.
Step 2: Navigate to the following key:
Step 3: On the right-side, create a new DWORD (32-bit) Value named NoLockScreen and then set its value to 1 (double-click on the entry to change the value) to remove the lock screen.
Step 4: Close Registry editor, Log out or restart PC to apply the changes.
Method 2: Remove or disable lock screen using Group Policy
Step 1: Open Run command box, enter Gpedit.msc and press enter.
Step 2: Navigate to Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel and then Personalization.
Step 3: On the right-side, look for the policy labelled Do not display the lock screen, double-click on it to see its properties, and then set its value to Enabled. Finally, click Apply and OK button.