Disable Lock Screen in Windows 8

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Every time I sit down at my Windows 8 computer, a screen comes up with a picture, the time and date displayed. I have to click on the picture in order to start using my computer.

I don’t need to know the date and time, and I don’t want the extra step of clicking on the picture before I can start using the computer.

Is there any way to skip this step?

Thanks, Gary

Dear Gary,

The screen you are describing sounds like the Windows 8 lock screen, and yes, you can disable the lock screen and skip that extra step when starting your computer. The secret is knowing where to find the setting. 😉

Here is how:

1. Tap the windows logo key on your keyboard, and type, gpedit.msc then, press the enter key on your keyboard. This will open the “Local Group Policy Editor” window.

2. In the left column of the, Local Group Policy Editor, window, click the small triangle to the left of, “Administrative Templates” to expand the menu.

3. In the same manner, expand “Control Panel” and then click on “Personalization”.

4. In the right column of the window, find, “Do not display the lock screen” and double click on it. A new dialog box will open.

5. In this new dialog box, click to select, “Enabled” then click the “OK” button at the bottom of the dialog box.

Now, when you wake your computer, you will not see the lock screen.



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    • Rhino
    • July 16, 2014

    Bypassing the lock/login screen is not wise at all. This leaves your computer vulnerable to anyone who has physical access to the computer, whether family, friends or just you friendly local thief.

    ALWAYS have the log in screen.

    Elizabeth, I am shocked you didn’t mention this in the reply.

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