How to disable login screen on Windows?

Like smartphones and tablets, modern Windows 10 and 11 PCs have a dedicated lock screen (some call it a “login screen”). Microsoft introduced it in 2012 when it launched Windows 8 with a major focus on tablets and computers with touchscreen. Still, more than ten years later, Windows’ lock screen remains abandoned and, frankly, a useless feature for most users. Also, many users do not like how Microsoft uses the lock screen to show ads and promote its service. Therefore, some wonder how to disable Windows login screen or how to disable Windows’ lock screen. This article will show everything you need to know.

Before you proceed, here are a few important things you should keep in mind:

  • Disabling the lock screen in Windows will not remove your password, Windows Hello, PIN, or other authentication methods. It eliminates the need to dismiss the lock screen with a big clock.
  • There is no need to disable the Windows login screen if you use a local account without any password—Windows will get you straight to the desktop whenever you turn it on. However, pressing Win + L or locking the computer using any other method will display the lock screen and require dismissing it before getting back into the operating system.
  • You need Administrator privileges to disable Windows login screen regardless of which method you pick.

Turn off the Windows login screen (lock screen)

Two methods let you disable the lock screen in Windows 10 and 11. Which one to use depends on your OS edition. If you have a PC with Windows 10 Home or Windows 11 Home, use the second method, which involves the registry editor. If you have Windows 10 Professional, Education, or Enterprise (the same applies to Windows 11), use any method you like more.

Method one. Remove Windows 10 login screen with Group Policy Editor

This method will not work on Windows 10 and 11 Home.

  1. Launch Group Policy Editor. Press Win + R and type gpedit.msc. Alternatively, use Windows Search to locate the necessary component.
  2. In the editor, go to Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration> Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization.
  3. Click Do not display the lock screen rule in the right part of the window. windows 10 disable login screen
  4. Set the rule to Enabled. remove windows 10 login screen
  5. Click Ok and restart your computer.

Method two. Eliminate Windows 10 login screen using Registry Editor

This method will work on any edition of Windows 10 and 11. It repeats the previous section but with another route, available on Home editions.

  1. Launch Windows Registry Editor. The easiest way is to press Win + R and type regedit. Windows Search will also do the job.
  2. Copy the following path Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows.
  3. Paste the path into the editor’s address bar and press Enter.
  4. Right-click the Windows folder and select New > Key. disable windows 10 login password and lock screen
  5. Rename the new key to Personalization.
  6. Open Personalization and right-click it. Select New > DWORD (32-bit) value. disable windows 10 password login screen
  7. Rename the new value to NoLockScreen.
  8. Open the new value and change it from 0 to 1.
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  9. Restart your computer.

Method three. Disable Windows 10 password login screen with brute force.

Finally, here is another, more barbaric method to disable Windows’ Lock screen. Like many other Windows parts, the lock screen is a regular application you can uninstall, albeit in somewhat unconventional ways.

  1. Open File Explorer and enable hidden files and folders.
  2. Go to drive C and open Windows > System Apps.
  3. Find the Microsoft.LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy folder and select it. eliminate windows 10 login screen
  4. Press F2 to rename it and add any symbol at the front or end. The idea is to break access to the folder, thus disabling the lock screen in Windows 10 and 11. You can also Shift + Delete it, but such a method will not leave you the go-back option. Renaming the folder allows for restoring the lock screen with ease. Remove the added symbol from the folder’s name to turn the lock screen back on.
  5. Restart your computer.

That is how you disable Windows login screen.

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