How to disable lock screen on Windows 8

Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 introduce a new welcome screen which require you to either click on the screen or Alt+Ctrl+Del before you input your password.  Some people find this feature annoying while other love it.  Today we will root with people that find it annoying and show you a tutorial on how to disable lock screen on Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

Note : As always, remember that all of these kind of features require administrator privileges.

 

What you need

– Windows 8 or Windows 8.1

 

How to do it

1. Click on desktop or press Windows Key + D.

2. Right-click bottom left corner and then click on ‘Run’ menu option.

Run command menu on Windows 8

3. Type-in ‘gpedit.msc’ and then click ‘Ok’.  GPEdit stand for Group Policy Editor, it has some pretty nice feature which allow you to customize Windows 8.

GPEdit.msc from command line Windows 8

4. Browse to the following tree : Local Computer Policy -> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Personalization.

GPEdit Personalization Editor

5. Double-click on ‘Do not display the lock screen’.

6. On the following Window, click on ‘Enabled’ radio button and then on ‘Apply’ on the bottom right corner.

Do not display lock screen Windows 8

7. Click ‘Ok’ and reboot your computer.  You should now boot straight to your password input instead of the default lock screen.

Windows 8 boot without lock screen

Conclusion

While some people love having a beautiful wallpaper lock screen at boot, some other people (mostly power users) hate having to do one more action (click or alt+ctrl+del) before logging in.  This is why this little tip, takes a few minutes and allow you to boot straight to the password screen instead.

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