How to Disable or Turn Off Windows 10 Lock Screen

Your awesome stock of images can be used as the Desktop backgrounds or Lock Screen in the latest Windows 10 operating system. But there are users who don’t like the concept of the Lock Screen. To unlock it is again a process in itself and may be due to this reason, some users avoid the Lock Screen concept. By default, Windows 10 does not provide any method to Turn Off Windows 10 Lock Screen. This article will help those who want to Disable or Turn Off Windows 10 Lock Screen.

There are two processes applying anyone will help you in this work. Both the processes that we will explain today have to be done by dint of Group Policy Editor and Registry Editor.

How to Disable or Turn Off Windows 10 Lock Screen

As mentioned earlier there are two ways through which you can disable the Windows 10 Lock Screen. The two methods are –

  • Registry Editor
  • Local Group Policy Editor

Lets’ see the detail process of each of the methods separately.

Registry Editor

  • To open the Registry Editor, first, you have to open the Run Command.
  • And to do so jointly press Windows and R keys on your keyboard.
  • Type regedit on the text field provided.
How to Disable or Turn Off Windows 10 Lock Screen
  • Click Ok to go to the next step.
  • User Account Control will prompt up asking for your permission.
  • Click Yes and allow the Registry Editor to appear on your screen.
  • Now you have to navigate the path below to do the changes –

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Personalization

  • Now on the right pane of the Personalization key, create a new DWORD value. If Personalization is not present create it manually.
  • To do so go to the right pane and right click on the empty area.
  • Select the option DWORD.
How to Disable or Turn Off Windows 10 Lock Screen
  • And name it as NoLockScreen.
  • Double click it and under the Edit DWORD Value window set its value as 1.
How to Disable or Turn Off Windows 10 Lock Screen
  • Click Ok to save the changes.
  • Exit from the Registry Editor.
  • Restart the system.
  • Lock Screen will be totally disabled now.

Local Group Policy Editor

  • Open the Run Command window using the shortcut keys as mentioned above.
  • Type gpedit.msc in the command field and click Ok to proceed.
How to Disable or Turn Off Windows 10 Lock Screen
  • Local Group Policy Editor window is now in front of you.
  • Follow this path –

Computer Configuration \ Administrative Templates \ Control Panel \ Personalization

  • Now on the right pane you can see an option which says Do not display the lock screen.
How to Disable or Turn Off Windows 10 Lock Screen
  • Double click that option.
  • set situation as Enabled.
  • Click Apply and then Ok and discard the Local Group Policy Editor.
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  • Restart the system to see the effects.

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21 thoughts on “How to Disable or Turn Off Windows 10 Lock Screen


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  2. First of all thank you for taking the time to help the Microsoft community!

    I wish there could go through the instructions that you provided however I’m completely locked out…

    Do you or anybody listening know how to remove the admin password requirement via the command prompt?????

    Please help, if you can! 🙂

  3. Welcome Black, export the registry key to your desktop prior to creating a new key, Then freely create the key personalization and try.

  4. Samantha Black says:

    There’s no “personalization” in my registry! I went to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows”. There are other listings under Windows, but nothing for “Personalization”.

    The computer (HP split x2 tablet), came with 8.1, then was upgraded to 10. In my efforts to simply use my computer without having to sign on (yes I know it’s best to use a password. But if I live alone and only have trusted longtime visitors -who use their phones for the internet, what harm would I be inviting by not using a password?

    Should I create “Personalization” so that I can modify the value there, and in doing so be able to modify this value and alter/disable the lock screen? All of this with the end game of having my pc start and go directly to the desktop, something which I’ve done with the formerly installed 8.1, Mac Sierra OS, Win xp pro? This is something which I haven’t been able to do with Win 10. When I start up win 10, the screen flashes rapidly between desktop art I’ve never used and a basic blue with an outline of a person. Sometimes these screen land with a sign-in box. When my actual password hadn’t worked, I started randomly typing in the box and hitting “enter”. The screen swallowed my incorrect password & just went back to alternately flashing on the above 2 screens. Once my screen name appears above the password box, I have a better chance of actually connecting, but it’s not a given.

  5. gpedit.msc worked exactly as described for me. I no longer have to deal with the lock screen. It is turned off.

  6. The gpedit disable of the lock screen, disabled my screen. I disconnected the network cable and rebooted. Then connected cable back to get back here to fix back to “not configured’. Don’t do this at home in Win 10 Annv.

  7. Go to Settings>Accounts>Sign in Option> Require sign in>Never
    The PC will still sleep but will no longer be require you to sign in when the PC awakes. Hope this helps 🙂

  8. Thanks to making me recall, In the coming week we shall update it.

  9. peter prewett says:

    And it does nothing works on the anniversary edition.
    All MS had to do was a link to select if you want the lock screen.

  10. w h Sampson says:

    As said above, “gedit.msc” is NOT on Win 10 Home edition, should have said this.
    Tried the “regedit.msc” TWICE and both times it doesn’t work. What a waste of time and brain power for we old people (76) to figure all this out… After 25+yrs, MS should realize by know, that PC’s and the Internet are NO LONGER kids and young people. We old guys have to/like to use updates too. Changing names/wording/icons and what have you, doesn’t always make things better. Just to chg things around, doesn’t make it NEW!

  11. You have to ‘create’ the “Personalization” key. Do so by right-clicking in the right pane when the Windows key is selected and got to “new” and “key” on the menu. Name the newly created key, “Personalization” then select it and continue with the above instructions.

  12. I just want to sign in each time I go to my computer like on the old version so no one can get into my computer. I got the lock screen picture to change, but nothing asked me to sign in. There has to be an easy step to lock up my computer for only me to access.

  13. I cannot find Personalization in Windows

  14. Roberta Willet says:

    This is absurd. This should be an easy on/off function and not require a regedit. Do you not want people to keep the upgrade to Windows 10? I am retired and live alone – why should I have lock screen enabled? Please fix this on the next service release.

  15. Sorry Kasabugu. It was a human error and I have removed it. Now you can read gpedit.msc replacing msc.

  16. I am an old man and this is not easy Microsoft should have known better if we want a lock screen we can add it later they should just have an easy download that will do the trick but whatever

  17. Local Group Policy Editor ‘gpedit.msc’ is only available in the pro version don’t waste time trying to get it in Home edition ( think this should be mentioned in the article )

  18. Create a new key and name it personalization.

  19. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \ Personalization does not exist in Windows 10 registry.

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