How to Disable the Lock Screen in Windows 10 and 11

Do you find the Windows lock screen inconvenient and unnecessary? This post explains how to disable the lock screen in Windows 10 and 11.

The lock screen although conceals the login screen with a nice looking wallpaper, it takes an extra mouse click, touch, or keypress to go to the login screen where you input your credentials. This is not just during the first login, but every time you need to unlock a workstation – locked either due to screensaver or power options timeout, when resuming from sleep or hibernate mode, or the user has locked the workstation earlier.

How to disable the Lock Screen

You can disable the lock screen using the Do not display the lock screen Group Policy setting or its equivalent NoLockScreen registry-based policy setting.

Method 1: Using the Group Policy Editor

In Windows 10/11 Pro and higher, you can use the Group Policy Editor to disable the lock screen.

  1. Launch gpedit.msc and go to:
    Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization
  2. Double-click the Do not display the Lock Screen.
    nolockscreen - gpo to disable lock screen
  3. Set it to Enabled.
  4. Exit the Local Group Policy Editor.

Method 2: Using the Registry Editor

In Windows 10/11 Home, you don’t have the Group Policy Editor. You can disable the lock screen using the registry. The registry edit is the equivalent of the above GPO setting, and applies to all Windows 10/11 Editions.

  1. Start the Registry Editor (regedit.exe)
  2. Go to the following branch:
  3. Create a subkey named Personalization
  4. Select Personalization and create a new DWORD (32-bit) value named NoLockScreen.
  5. Double-click NoLockScreen and set its value data to 1.
    nolockscreen - registry to disable lock screen
  6. Exit the Registry Editor.

(This article has been last reviewed in April 2024 and the above methods were verified to work on Windows 10 v22H2 and Windows 11 23H2.)

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Ramesh Srinivasan is passionate about Microsoft technologies and he has been a consecutive ten-time recipient of the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in the Windows Shell/Desktop Experience category, from 2003 to 2012. He loves to troubleshoot and write about Windows. Ramesh founded in 2005.

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