How to disable the lock screen of Windows 10

The lock screen is the Windows 10 screen that you see every time you start your computer: here's how to disable it

The lock screen, that is the Windows 10 lock screen that appearsĀ  every time we access the computer after the screen saver has come into operation, is a purely aesthetic feature of Microsoft's operating system.

If there were no lock screen, in fact, when we turn the screen back on, the login screen would still appear, asking us for a password to log in. The real security measure, in fact, is precisely the login screen without which anyone could access our PC when we walk away from the desk and leave the computer on. That's why many people wonder how to disable the lock screen on Windows 10. Doing so seems difficult, but it's not at all: Windows doesn't offer any setting, not even in the Control Panel, to disable the lock screen but you just need to create a key in the registry to take out this screen.

What exactly is the lock screen

First of all let's try to understand what the lock screen is: it's a screen in which Windows shows us some beautiful pictures, taken from a catalog and accompanied by a few brief information. The real purpose of the lock screen, most likely, is to make us curious about the image and to make us click on "Do you like what you see?". In fact, if we click on the name of the place shown in the picture, the lock screen will be replaced by the login screen, but right after we unlock the PC with our password, Windows will open the Edge browser to the description page of the place shown in the picture. The lock screen, therefore, is a sort of a lure for us to use Edge and the Bing search engine.

How to disable the lock screen

To enable the lock screen there are several ways: press the key combination WIN+L, press CTRL+ALT+DEL and then choose "Lock" or set it to appear when the screen saver exits. To disable the lock screen, however, there is no specific option in Microsoft's operating system. And that's why we'll have to act directly on the registry. Let's look for "Regedit" in Cortana's search box and click on the suggested app, it will open the registry editor. The registry is one of those Windows components that, if you make the wrong move, causes a lot of trouble. That's why we urge you to follow the directions and do nothing else.

After opening the registry, via the folder tree in the left column, we need to go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREPoliciesMicrosoftWindows. Here we will have to right click on the right part of the window and choose "New" and then "Key". The key you just created should be renamed to "Personalization". With this key selected on the left, we'll have to right click again on the right side and choose "New" and "DWORD Value (32-bit)". A new DWORD will then be created and should be renamed to "NoLockScreen". Then we'll have to double click on this key and change its value from 0 to 1. That's it: save the registry, restart Windows and the Lock Screen will no longer appear.