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How to enable the Lock Screen in 8.1 with WinKey-L

  1. #1

    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 64 bit (updt)

    How to enable the Lock Screen in 8.1 with WinKey-L

    I have a laptop with 8.0 pre-installed.
    Could normally access the lock screen with WinKey-L.

    Since update to 8.1, this is no longer possible.
    (all other keyboard shortcuts that I've tried, works OK)

    Account is local with admin rights; pwd protected; not MS-account. No other accounts.
    When I start the laptop, I have the Lock Screen to enter pwd.

    I can get to the settings page to customise the Lock Screen, but not back to the Lock Screen!

    Why can I not get to the Lock Screen with WinKey-L?
    (what settings are preventing this?)

    Thanks in advance for help/info.

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  2. #2

    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1

    Hey Xperbat,

    I just tested my Win key + L and I can pull up the lock screen directly (without a password) on 8.1. The only difference between us is I do not have the password protection as you described and I am using a desktop. Oh, and one more thing is that I do not have to enter a password on login either, so I boot right past that to either the start screen or onto the Windows 8.1 desktop (based on my selected option). So, maybe it has something to do with the difference in our option settings. Anyway, good luck in figuring it out!

    With all that said, I'm wondering if you setup your initial login to be auto, if that would also fix your lock screen issue as well?

    Log On User Account Automatically at Windows 8 Startup

    All FYIs for your consideration. Hope this information helps you fix your issue. Good luck,

    Last edited by my2cents; 08 Nov 2013 at 18:42.
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  3. #3

    Welcome to Windows EightForums, Xyberbat.

    I sign into my PC with MS account with typing in password. I can attest that WinKey/L does indeed work.

    Perhaps there is OEM shortcut key software (bloatware) that may be preventing you to do so? Anything in "Software and Features" might have migrated along with the upgrade. Just a thought.
    Last edited by HippsieGypsie; 08 Nov 2013 at 10:43.
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  4. #4

    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Have you tried opening RUN & typing in

    control userpasswords2

    & un-checking the box:

    Click image for larger version

    It MIGHT help.

    Winkey + L works for me.
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  5. #5

    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 64 bit (updt)

    Still no go

    Thanks for your responses, HippsieGypsie & David.

    I've tried them both with & without, rebooting after each change.


    According to Microsoft, I should have the option to 'Lock' when I right-click the account picture in the Metro view.

    All I have are: (1) Change Account Picture and (2) Sign out.

    Also, in the Power Plan settings, the 'Lock' option is greyed out in all settings.

    So, I still have no idea why this functionality got lost in the update.

    The mystery continues . . .
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  6. #6

    Quote Originally Posted by my2cents View Post
    So, maybe it has something to do with the difference in our option settings.
    You're welcome. Please don't forget my2cents. He kind of hit on it. I'm wondering if this has to do with some other option that's not allowing you the lock option. I'm on my phone right now so I can't see.

    You said "according to Microsoft". You contacted them?
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  7. #7

    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 64 bit (updt)

    Still no go

    Eventually got around to trying your advice. Thanks.

    Tried the auto-logon method (incl reboot) as in your link - nothing
    All options for lock screen still greyed out.

    Reverted back to (normal) logon with password required.

    no, I searched on TechNet, and found a reply on another matter in which someone from Microsoft mentioned the options under the account picture.

    Further info on my setup:
    I am using 64bit edition on a Samsung 3-series notebook.
    Aside from this 'lock' problem, I have no issues and everything works as expected. Update from 8.0 took a long time, but I had no trouble.

    Only other option I can still try is to use a MS account
    (not my favourite, as I normally have no internet during the week)

    The mystery continues . . .
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  8. #8

    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 64 bit (updt)

    Solved . . . not satisfied

    So, I created a new user; Microsoft account.
    This account has the Lock option.

    My local account (used almost always because of very limited internet access) does NOT have the option.

    I am not happy.

    Thanks again to everyone for your responses.


    If I don't see you through the week, I'll see you through the Window. (...8)
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  9. #9

    Posts : 1,875
    Windows 10 Pro Prieview x64

    You can still use a MS account without internet access if you want to (once it has been set up). Of course you may not want to for other reasons and it doesn't really solve your problem but it is an option.
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  10. #10

    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 64 bit (updt)

    Final Words

    It seems that any account created AFTER the upgrade to 8.1 has the Lock option.
    Tested on both types, Local & MS.

    (I am contemplating saving all my docs somewhere else, delete & recreate the account; start from scratch)

    Problem understood & solved.

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