Microsoft has been continuously working on making Windows 10 a much more secure platform. When you boot into Windows 10, you get greeted with the lock screen, where you need to enter the password or a pin to enter into Windows. Microsoft recently introduced Windows Hello which allows users to log into Windows using biometrics or a pin.
If you are the only user on your computer, logging in every time you start your PC becomes redundant. In addition, entering your password if you do not have a biometric sensor can be annoying as well. In situations like these, you will have the need to remove lock screen from Windows 10.
Windows 10 Remove Lock Screen On Boot
The Windows 10 lock screen contains a news snippet, the notifications and the time on a picture that is either picked from Microsoft Spotlight or a picture of choosing of the user. Check out our article if you wish to change the Windows 10 login screen background.
However, if you wish to just skip the Windows 10 login background and go directly to the actual sign-in screen, you can remove Windows 10 lock screen easily.
Method 1: Use The Local Group Policy Editor
On Windows 10 Pro, there is a Local Group Policy Editor that you can use to fine-tune certain Windows 10 settings and also change the aesthetics in a GUI format. You can use the Local Group Policy Editor to remove Windows 10 lock screen. Simply follow these steps to do so:
- Open a Run dialog by pressing Win + R.
- Type gpedit.msc and press Enter to launch the Local Group Policy Editor.
- Navigate the following path in the left pane:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization
- Here, in the right pane, locate and double click on the entry ‘Do not display the lock screen’.
- Click the radio button next to Enabled.
- Click on Apply followed by OK.
Now when you restart your device, you should see that you have successfully removed the lock screen from your Windows 10 device.
If you do not have the Pro version of the Windows 10 operating system, you will not have access to the Local group policy editor. Instead, on Windows 10 Home, you can use the Registry Editor for the same effect.
Method 2: Use The Registry Editor
Caution: Remember to take a backup of the Registry Editor before you make any changes to it. Since the Registry carries the configuration files and the settings for many installed applications on your device, any mistake can effectively brick your device completely.
You can follow our simple guide to bring the Local Group Policy Editor in Windows 10 Home. Nevertheless, if you do not wish to do that, you can remove Windows 10 lock screen by using the Registry Editor as well. Simply follow these steps closely:
- Open a Run dialog box by pressing Win + R.
- Type regedit and press Enter to launch the Windows 10 Registry Editor. Click on Yes in the User Account Control prompt.
- Navigate to the following location by pasting the path in the address bar of the Registry Editor:
- Under the Windows key in the right, look for a key named Personalization.
Note: if this key does not exist, you will have to create it.
- Right-click on the Windows key to reveal the context menu.
- Select New > Key from the menu. Name the key Personalization.
- Under the Personalization key, in the right pane, right-click again to reveal the context menu.
- From the menu, select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name this DWORD key as NoLockScreen.
- Double click on the value that you just created to modify the value.
- Change the Value data to 1.
- Click on OK to save this value.
Now, to test if you have removed Windows 10 lock screen, press the keyboard shortcut Win + L to log out of Windows. Instead of the lock screen, you should see only the login screen with the password box highlighted to enter your credentials.
While the Windows 10 Lock screen has many users divided, it is fairly easy to remove Windows 10 lock screen using the methods provided above. If you found this useful, comment below and tell us if you removed the login screen or not.