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How to Disable Windows 8 Lock Screen?

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When you boot your computer or wake it from sleep mode, you will be taken straight to Windows 8 lock screen. The lock screen tells you the date and time, other information such as meetings on your calendar, email notifications, updates from social networking sites etc. The lock screen might looks good on your smartphone or tablets, but may not be on your desktop. Atleast some of us prefer to go directly to work as soon as computer starts. In this article we will discuss how to disable windows 8 lock screen and bypass it.

Disable Windows 8 Lock Screen in Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise

Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise comes with a feature Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc) and it’s very easy to do.

  1. Open Run window by pressing Windows Key + R
  2. Type gpedit.msc and click OK
  3. On the left side of the screen, navigate to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Personalization. On the right side of the screen, open “Do not display the lock screen” by double clicking on it. Select Enabled. Click OK. Exit Group Policy Editor screen and reboot.

After reboot, you may notice that lock screen is not displayed any more.

Disable Windows 8 Lock Screen in other versions

  1. Open Run window by pressing Windows Key + R
  2. Type regedit and click OK
  3. On the left side of the screen, navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\ Policies\ Microsoft\ Windows\ Personalization. Note: If you don’t see a folder Personalization in the specific location, create it.
  4. On the right side of the screen, right click -> select New -> create a DWORD -> Name it “NoLockScreen
  5. Double click on the DWORD, change the value from 0 to 1.

Restart the computer and you won’t have to go through Windows 8 lock screen again. If you have any doubts regarding disable Windows 8 lock screen, shoot a message on the comment section.

About the author: I am Anup Raman. A Tech Enthusiast|Blogger|Tech Trainer with 10+ yrs experience in the field of IT. My expertise are in Operating Systems, mainly Windows and Computer security which comes from my experience, working as Tech Support and Trainer for Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee. Loves blogging about Technical Troubleshooting, discussing latest Gadgets, Games and doing Reviews.

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