I use Windows 10 on my both touchscreens and non-touchscreens computers. While I have liked using lock screen on the touchscreen PC, I really hate using it on the non-touchscreen computer.
Earlier I could disable the lock screen using either a registry hack or the Group Policy Editor in Pro versions of Windows 10. However, post the Windows 10’s Anniversary Update, they no longer work.
Fortunately, there are a couple of tricks to get rid of lock screen in Windows 10. Let’s find out!
How to Disable All Pre-Desktop Screen in Windows 10
Note: It will disable both the lock screen and login screen. If you want to disable all the pre-desktop screens, it’s the way to go. Remember, it may make your computer a bit insecure as there won’t be any login screen.
Step #1. First off, you have to the Run command box (Start → All apps → Windows System → Run or press Windows key + R). In the text box, you need to type “netplwiz” and press Enter.
Now, a User Accounts window will appear on the screen. Under Users for this computer, you need to select your username. Next, uncheck the box next to Users must enter a username and password to use this computer. Then, you have to click on Apply.
A new window named “Automatically sign in” will pop up on the screen. You have to type your password twice and then click OK.
That’s it! From now on, your computer will now bypass the log-in page when it’s turned on. However, the login page will still appear when you unlock your PC.
There is an option to change sign-in options to prevent Windows from asking you to sign in whenever your PC wakes from sleep. To do so, head over to Settings → Accounts → Sign-in options.
How to Disable Lock Screen in Windows 10
To me, the simplest way to disable the lock screen in Windows is to rename the “Microsoft.LockApp” system app.
Step #1. Launch File Explorer and head over to C:\Windows\SystemApps.
Step #2. Next, you have to find the “Microsoft.LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy” folder in the list.
Now, you need to right-click it then select “Rename”.
Now, make sure not to change the name of the folder, just add .bak at the end of it. Then, hit enter.
You would need to provide the administrator permission to rename the folder. If UAC pop-up appears on the screen, click on Continue.
From now on, you won’t see lock screen when you lock your computer or put it to sleep. You will be directly taken to the login screen. Nevertheless, it won’t disable the bootup lock screen as it will still appear when the computer turns on.
After upgrading to a new build of Windows 10, an update may restore the “LockApp” folder. Hence, you will have to rename the folder to disable the lock screen.
How to Restore Lock Screen in Windows 10
Later if you want to restore your lock screen, you can get it done with ease.
Step #1. Open File Explorer and go to C:\Windows\SystemApps.
Step #2. Locate “Microsoft.LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy” folder in the list.
Right-click it then select “Rename”. Now, you have to remove the .bak from its name.
That’s all there is to it! Now, the lock screen will be back.
Hopefully, Microsoft brings an easy solution to getting rid of lock screen sooner than later. In the meantime, make the best use of these tips to avoid using lock screen.