How to Disable Lock Screen in Windows 8 and Later?

UPDATE: This tutorial will also work in Windows 8.1 and later.

In previous article we told you how to change the background image of new lock screen present in Windows 8:

How to Change Lock Screen Background Image in Windows 8?

There are many people who don't like this new lock screen. Its useless for them as it doesn't do anything special. Lock screen might look good on smartphones and tablets but its of no use in Desktops and laptops. Also it requires an extra step to unlock the locked PC. If you also one of those Windows 8 users who don't like the lock screen and want to disable it, this tutorial will help you.


Today in this tutorial, we are going to tell you how to turn off the lock screen in Windows 8? By following this guide, you'll no longer see the lock screen in Windows 8.

By default, Windows 8 doesn't provide any option to disable lock screen but you can use following 2 methods to disable it:

  • METHOD 1: Using Group Policy Editor
  • METHOD 2: Using Registry Editor

So without wasting time, lets start the tutorial:

METHOD 1: Using Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)

1. Press "WIN+R" key combination to launch RUN dialog box then type gpedit.msc and press Enter. It'll open Group Policy Editor.

2. Now go to:

Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Personalization

3. In right-side pane, double-click on "Do not display the lock screen" option and set its value to "Enabled".


That's it. It'll immediately disable lock screen in Windows 8. If you want to enable lock screen again, set the value to Not configured.

METHOD 2: Using Registry Editor (regedit)

If you are using Home edition of Windows OS, you'll not be able to run gpedit.msc command because this edition doesn't come with Group Policy Editor. But you can enable Group Policy Editor in this edition using this tutorial.

If you can't use or don't want to use Group Policy Editor, you can take help of Registry Editor for the same task. Just follow these simple steps:

1. Press "WIN+R" key combination to launch RUN dialog box then type regedit and press Enter. It'll open Registry Editor.

2. Now go to following key:


If the above key doesn't exist, you'll need to create it manually.

3. Select Personalization key and in right-side pane, create a new DWORD NoLockScreen and set its value to 1


4. Close Registry Editor and log off or restart Windows to take effect. It'll completely turn off lock screen.

If you want to restore lock screen in future, just delete the DWORD or set its value to 0.

NOTE: If you don't want to edit Registry yourself, you can download following ready-made Registry script which will do the task automatically. Just download the ZIP file, extract it and run the extracted REG file:

Download Registry Script to Disable Lock Screen in Windows 8

UPDATE: Windows 10 users can visit following tutorials to disable Lock Screen:

[Tip] Disable or Remove Windows 10 Lock Screen

[Windows 10 Fun Tip] Disable Login Screen and Lock Screen and Enable Console Mode

PS: If you still see Lock Screen at constant intervals, check out following guide:

[Fix] Lock Screen Appears Automatically at Constant Intervals in Windows 8 and Later


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  • Thanks for ready files, Vishal
    I was very lazy to run regedit :)

  • I dunno if you remembered me, but I asked you about the lock screen a while back that doesnt change. This what I was annoyed about, that stupid background that doesnt change. But anyway, thanks for this! It's better to turn it off completely than just changing it.

  • How does this differ from enabling "autologin" thru "netplwiz"...?

    Same regedit...

  • VG

    ^^ What if you dont want to enable auto-login but just want to get rid of the lock screen?

  • I wonder is there a trick to disable start screen? :D

  • VG

    ^^ lol. No unless you use 3rd party software. ;)

  • Hi,

    I don't want to turn off the lockscreen all together as I have a laptop. However, it pops up every 15 minutes I'm idle. This is not what I want. I already checked all power settings and also screensaver settings and although everything seems to be correct, it still pops up.

    Can you know what I do wrong?

  • VG

    ^^ Doesnt happen here. Double check the advanced power settings and make sure turn off hard disk, etc options are set to never.

  • Great. Thanks for all. I have a question: How to make Windows 8 show user list on login screen, not just the last logged on user

  • VG

    ^^ Doesnt it show the users list by default? I have only a single user so didnt check it.

  • Thanks so very much for the Reg Script. I much prefer to use something on the registry as it avoids nasty errors. Worked great and thanks for providing the Restore script (just in case). Currently, as I learn to use Windows 8 on a laptop, I'm writing a guide to its uses and tweaks. Would you like to contribute? I can provide a link in the article to this site/post if you wish.

  • actually does anyone know that on the lock screen you can just press any key to unlock the lock screen?

  • Sorry if this isn't the right place to ask... is there a way to enable the lock screen but disable the need to write your password (without having to go to a local account)?

  • Thank you.
    The registry edit worked great.
    gpedit.msc is either missing or disabled on my machine

  • Hi, just bought an HP Envy m4 at Best Buy and W8 is killing me, trying to resolve one issue at a time. I am typing the regedit command but it is not recognized. Also tried finding the group policy on the settings but it does not come up. any ideas? thanks!

  • Thank you, Vishal! It was a little scary to play with the registry but it work perfectly!

  • I have windows 8 not pro and if you have a problem with the computer going to the lock screen every 30 seconds, I have a solution. I called the store where I bought it and all you have to do is go to your screen saver menu box and make sure the box that says return to lock out screen is not checked. Then click reply. Worked like a charm.
    Whatever time you screen saver is set, that is when it will go to lockout screen.

  • I had such high hopes that I found the answer with the second method because the "gpedit" does not exist. However, I still get the crazy lock screen. I downloaded the code and it's all there with no errors but nothing happens.

  • Ok, now I get it. Using this information plus the comment from Rebecca, I got rid of both the Seattle scene and the lock screen. Thanks!

  • hi

    I noticed when I type "gpedit.msc", my computer could not recognize what it was, so I was unable to disable my lock screen. Is there any way around this? And also I could not find the "Personalization" key on the Regedit. :/

  • VG

    ^^ You can use ready-made Registry script given at the end.

  • Well, after waiting a hour for the screen saver to kick in, the display was turned off. Turns out I had set the delay time for display shutdown to 1 hour. Boosted that to 2 hours, and reset the screen saver delay time for 10 minutes. It worked just fine, with no lock screen after the screen saver, just the desktop. Now I want a hot key to kick off the screen saver when I just want to look at the pretty pictures.

  • Thank you! A quick fix to a big annoyance.

  • Thank you, worked like charm!
    Great post.

  • God bless you. I bough a new computer with a preinstalled Windows 8 on it... I used tu ose gpedit.msc to disable lock screen. It's missing in some Win 8 releases. You made my day, thank you from belgium.

  • I tried the rgedit way and my screen still locks every 30 stupid seconds. I have windows 8 for my pc, it never did this before, it updated then all of a sudden every 30 seconds the screen locks and I have to enter my password to get back to my desktop. This is my home computer not a phone and its highly annoying now. I just want to know how to make this stop and all these other options are clearly not working

  • VG

    ^^ You'll get an option to disable these kind of timeouts in Power Settings.

  • yesterday i installed win 8 and when i log in i and unlock the screen the screen turn black. can you please help me to unlock it..

  • VG

    ^^ It might be an installation problem. You can try to repair Windows using setup disc. How did you install Windows 8? Did you perform an upgrade?

  • Thanks for the quick fix!!

    Every time the lock screen came up my game shut down! hope this cures that happening lol

  • cannot do the steps you describe HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization does not exists on my computer. gpedit.msc does not open Using Group Policy Editor or anything else. all I get is a message saying this cannot be found.

  • VG

    ^^ As mentioned in the topic, if Personalization key doesnt exist, you'll need to create it manually.

  • Thank you so much, it's so easy to follow your guide.

  • used Rebecca's solution she posted, and that stopped my lock out screen from constantly coming on and having to relogging back in, what releif it is

  • My laptop had gone for repair (soft ware and hardware) now when ever I start it, the screen is black and only shows a screen icon and a lock icon with a cursor. what could be the problem and how do I solve it?

  • Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask but I recently shut down my laptop without realising that there were 2 apps preventing shutdown. I went ahead and closed it and when I tried to log in this morning the 2 app icons are on the login screen with the message this app is preventing shutdown. All the other usual stuff is there too like name and email but I can't type my password cause it just says locked. Please help

  • In Windows 8 go to Control Panel -> Personalization -> Screensaver-> uncheck the box that says "On Resume, Display Lock Screen".

  • It's actually in power options -> require password on wakeup


  • VG

    ^^ Check following:

  • I disabled the lock screen by going to the charms, selecting settings then Change PC settings. If the lock is enabled it says "Any user who has a password must enter it when waking this PC." Under that is a Change button. Click it. Since I did that I haven't had the lock screen when my PC is idle.

  • How do I avoid the sign on screen on startup?

  • VG

    ^^ Please check following:

  • Editing the registry to disable the lockscreen does not work for me anymore.

  • None of the methods work for me, my laptop does not recognize "gpedit.msc" and there is no personalization on my registry, I don't want to download anything therefore that does not work for me either...

  • thanx rebecca, i had the same prob and would not have gone and fiddled with things. YOU COMPUTER GEEKS GOT SCHOOLED BY REBECCA!!

  • I think there are several critical points missed:

    1. This "when my PC is inactive... ... ..." switch is activated only when you switch on Slide Show in the Lock Screen options. If you don't have the Slide Show ON, you will never see that option.

    2. "Local Security Policy" is only an option for PCs with Windows 8.1 Pro. Typically Home computers don't have Windows 8.x Professional and that means, you will NEVER see the "Local Security Policy" in Administrative Tools in the Control Panel to set the Inactivity Limit.

    3. Changing the Registry. Too complex and not necessary in my humble opinion.

    PROBLEM: We know the PC and devices has a option for Power and Sleep. You can set the Screen timeout and the Sleep time limit here. What happens is that EVEN IF you set the Screen to turn off after say... 20 min of inactivity, the Lock Screen shows up after 1 min. Very irritating, yes?

    SOLUTION: Under Personalization (Windows+C to start the Charms pane and then click on Options), you will see a link for Screen Saver. Click that, and you will see that old bugger... "On resume, display Logon Screen" set at 1 min. Just uncheck that.

    Hope this helps...

  • VG

    ^^ Its mentioned here:

  • Nothing suggested in this post works for me.

    I have A Surface Pro 1st gen running Windows 8.1 Pro. I have set the group policy to Enable "Do not display the lock screen" I have also checked my registry, and the NoLockScreen value is 1. I still see the lock screen whenever I turn on my tablet, and when I resume it from the screen being turned off. I checked and the lock screen option is also unchecked in my screensaver options. So none of this worked at all. Is there any way to remove the lock screen from my tablet?

  • THANK YOU!! I am setting up a new laptop (HP Win 8.1) and I can't get either of them to remember a pin nor a password. It doesn't leave their house so I'm not worried about protecting any info. Next step is teaching them how to Skype and use fb. They wanted an easier way to see their grandchildren! I did have to use version 2 and then still type in the command because no properties exisited. But the true trial will be when I start it up. Will update if it does not work for me.

  • I'd say someone at Microsoft read this and took a folder out of the new registry.
    As carefully as I've tried this, the Personalization Folder is missing.

    Just bought a new Asus computer, with Windows 8.1. Ready to throw it out because of the Lock Screen.

  • Thanks. New to Windows 8 and that useless screen was becoming a sore. Whoever came up with it should be flogged.

  • A simple alternative is:

    Win + R
    control userpasswords2
    untick "users must enter a username and password to use this computer"
    Fill in username and password on following screen

  • VG

    ^^ Here:

  • Thanks for the info. Added the new registry key and it worked like a charm.

  • (Weirdly) I was not able to use the Group Policy Editor or the Regedit, however, the downloaded file worked beautifully. The lock screen was super annoying and I'd like to thank you for this!

  • Anyone found a solution for disableing lock screen in win 10?!
    I tryed all reg tweaks i could find but none of them works (build 10130)
    yours truly

  • Thank you! This is the simplest, most effective solution.

  • none of this worked for me. what did however was very easy. you go to screen saver. then there is a box that you must uncheck right next to where you adjust the time in which it takes for the screen saver to come on.

  • Thanks for the info.... great keep sharing...

  • Method 1 does not work in Windows 10. gpedit.msc does not exist there.

    Method 2 does not work on my ASUS laptop either.

  • i had a lock screen and the user icon without password.i done what you said with the lock screen and it was ok..BUT i have a huge problem, i disabled also the user account because i thought the icon will dissapear also... but now i am locked! user is disabled and i cant log on to win.i cant got to system restore or other things,only from a flash and have a cmd but i have no success.Please if you know suggest me something

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