How To Disable Windows 10 “Lockscreen”

In this article we will guide you through two possible methods, via which you can fix the issue of disabling your Windows 10 Lock Screen, so that it does not appear when you are trying to login.

The Windows 10 lock screen is a beautiful feature that greets you every time you attempt to either turn on your PC or wake it up from sleep in an attempt to login. The photos in it are updated according to your personal preferences via a feedback system and the images themselves are mesmerizing. However, some users seem to dislike the general login feature and want to have it disabled. If you are one of those users, here we will guide you through two different fixes that will help you remove the lock-screen and go straight to the login screen instead.

How To Disable Windows 10 Lockscreen

Method 1: Using the Local Group Policy Editor

  1. Use the Winkey+R keyboard combination in order to open the Run window.
  2. In the search bar, type gpedit.msc and hit Enter.
  3. Navigate to the following folder: Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization.
  4. In the right pane, locate and double-click on Do not display Lockscreen.
  5. Enable that setting in order to activate it, which will in turn disable the lock screen. Press OK and exit the Local Group Policy Editor.1
    • Note: This method will not work on systems that have had the Anniversary update installed. Therefore, if you already have the Windows 10 Anniversary update, try out our second method.

Method 2: Rename the Lockscreen application folder

This method will disable the lock screen in all cases except for when you actually start your machine.

  1. Open your Start Menu and click on Computer.
  2. Go to C > Windows > SystemApps.
  3. Locate the folder labeled Microsoft.LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy.
  4. Rename that folder to something like Microsoft.LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy – disabled.2
  5. Now, the Lockscreen app should no longer be able to load from that folder and will in turn be disabled.
  6. If you ever want to re-enable the feature, simply go back to that same folder and rename it back to the way it was – the Lockscreen will be restored.

How to automatically sign in

If you feel comfortable with that, you can set your PC to automatically login so that you won’t even have to click on the Lockscreen, type a password or even click on your account tile at startup. However, know that if you enable this, everyone will have the ability to turn on your PC, so keep this in mind. The following short guide will show you what you need to do:

  1. Once again, use the Winkey+R combination from your keyboard to open Run.
  2. This time, type netplwiz and hit Enter.
  3. In the resulting window, choose the profile that you want to be automatically logged in on startup.
  4. At the top, uncheck the option Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer.
  5. Click on OK.                                                     3

And there you have it solved – next time you turn your PC on, it should automatically load into Windows explorer.


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