How to disable the Windows 10 lockscreen

One of the consequences of having a desktop OS that dabbles at being a tablet OS is that metaphors which exist for one user experience often cross the Rubicon to the other, even when they don’t make much sense. Windows for instance now has a lockscreen on the desktop. This means that when you open your laptop or boot up your desktop, you now have to dismiss the lockscreen before entering your password. While this made sense on smaller, touch oriented devices, it isn’t quite as useful on desktops. Users who’ve migrated from Windows 7, Mac OS or even Linux might be miffed at the extra step needed to get started with your work on Windows.

Here’s how to remove the lockscreen on Windows 10

  1. Open the Windows Registry Editor by opening Cortana and typing Regedit into the search box.
  2. Once the registry editor is open, enter this address Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows (or copy and paste this) into the address bar.
  3. Once this is done, Create a new key at the above location, and name it personalization.
  4. Create a new DWORD and name it NoLockScreen. 
  5. Set the value of this DWORD to 1 This will now disable the lockscreen for your Windows Install.
  6. To undo this at any time, locate the DWORD created in step 5 and change the value back to zero.