Thank you "Hopachi"
BINGO -- you were right on the money
I had assumed the lock-screen was a Dell thing. This is my first Win8 experience.
How I used your lead... a registry hack
For beginners the How to Disable the Lock Screen on Windows 8 Without Using Group Policy link
contains excellent step x step illustrated instructions
- by default M$ do not include the reg-key/name/value in the registry
Start > Run:= regedit ... OR ... Search:=regedit
- allow changes to registry
- browse to...
- if "Personalization" key is not present, create a new "Personalization" key (folder)
- then create a new reg-entry in the "Personalization" key/folder...
Value:= 1 ... to disable the lock screen
Value:= 0 ... to enable lock-screen
Worked perfectly in 64bit Win8 single user PC, ie, Admin/User account
I presume if administrator rights are required you would have to login as "Administrator"