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How to disable windows 8 Lock Screen

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    How to disable windows 8 Lock Screen


    I'm not going to rant about how much I hate Windows 8. I've wasted countless hours already; no sense in wasting any more time on this nonsense.

    How does one go about disabling the COMPLETELY RETARDED Windows 8 Lock Screen??????????????


    This simply does not work:
    How to Eliminate the Time-Wasting Lock Screen in Windows 8

    My computer has absolutely NO IDEA what that is; it is completely impossible to navigate there.


    Similarly, this does not no do anything whatsoever:
    How to disable the Windows 8 lock screen | ExtremeTech

    When I put this in the start prompt: 'gpedit'
    I get a message about SQL Server 2012 Administration


    Honestly??!!!!!! What the ****!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????????????????????????????????????

    That is not even close!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I've wasted 1.5 hours on this tonight, and countless hours between 12/25/12 and today (the laptop was a Christmas present). So far, the ONLY THING that has worked on Widows 8 is that I got it to (kind of) act like Widows 7. That's it. 99.99999999999999999999999999999% of my work is all done on Widows 7, simply because Widows 8 is such a little bitch.................it will simply not do anything you tell it to do.

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  2. #2


    West Auckland
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8 Pro Pack x64


    Try getting in this way:
    Hit Windows+W and type GROUP into the search. It will show an icon called EDIT GROUP POLICY. Click it and follow the instructions you showed here How to Eliminate the Time-Wasting Lock Screen in Windows 8


    I followed the tutorial and RESTARTED my PC and it works fine. Lock screen gone.
    See screenshot:
    Click image for larger version

    Give it a go, I think you'll find it works.

    You can also disable the prompt for password from sleep or hibernation in power settings too if you want.
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    And, from our masterful forum gurus, we have this tutorial on disabling the lock screen.
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    Thanks for trying to help, John. That did not work; not even close. My Windows 8 simply does not have the options I read about on all the tutorials about disabling the Lock Screen. I've been using Windows for about 25 years. I've been working as a Windows developer for almost 10 years. Windows 8 is just so different that you really have to throw out everything you know, and start from the very beginning.

    I'm really surprised the Enter key works. The mouse seems to work too, for now. That's about it....
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  5. #5


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro x86


    Lol you should really take that statement back. Yeah maybe it is a hassle to navigate through the new lock screen, but you gotta admit it's a beauty. Anyway mind your language please

    Edit: I tried both the methods you stated, and they worked fine for me. Sad computer.
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    Welcome to EightForums, ryguy7272.

    There may be corrupt or missing files within your system. Try www.eightforums.com/showthread.php?t=3047 first then proceed to disable the screen. You may have to run it 2 or 3 times.

    The lock screen is there for a purpose. 8 is an ingenious attempt to get an OS to work across all devices so as to become familiar to all. It is a confirmation screen when one locks the device. WinKey/L. It hides the login screen. Outa sight -> Outa mind approach. It also conveys information of apps, time, date, and updates.

    No, Windows 8 is not Windows 7, although it's not as different as some make it to be. Rearranged perhaps, but not to the extent that one has to throw out everything one knows as you stated. I understand your frustration that it's a bigger learning curve, but it's a cake walk once one learns it IMO.

    I'm not here to antagonize you or judge you if you desire to make 8 act like 7, but I can't understand the frustration over a screen that takes .05 seconds to get rid of never to see again during a session.

    Again, welcome. Good luck in your endeavour.
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    Toronto, Canada. Born in the U.K.
    Posts : 691
    Win 10 Pro + Win 7 Ult SP1 (x64)


    If the tutorial doesn't work for anyone Shawn Brink would like to know about it I am sure, so post in the tutorial thread.
    It was written in April last year after all so things may have changed.
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by ryguy7272 View Post
    Thanks for trying to help, John. That did not work; not even close. My Windows 8 simply does not have the options I read about on all the tutorials about disabling the Lock Screen. I've been using Windows for about 25 years. I've been working as a Windows developer for almost 10 years. Windows 8 is just so different that you really have to throw out everything you know, and start from the very beginning.

    I'm really surprised the Enter key works. The mouse seems to work too, for now. That's about it....
    Did you try the tutorial I linked?
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    Sorry for the strong language in my original post. It's just that the laptop was a Christmas present from my wife, and after about 4 weeks, I haven't been able to use it yet. I installed Office 2010, SQL Server Developer 2012, and Matlab 2012. That's it. It takes so long to do anything at all, I typically just give up after about 2 hours or so, and go back to my old laptop. For about 1/4 of a century I have been an 'early adopter' and I have always promulgated to use of the best/newest technologies available. I was planning to get Office 2013 very soon, but now I'm having reservations, after this whole Widows 8 debacle.

    Software should be designed to enable people to be more productive, not less productive. I have developed thousands of tools over the years. My goal is to develop tools that allow 1 person to do the work of 10 people, or even 100 people, or maybe even 1,000 people. That's what I strive for, in my professional work. Windows 8 is taking me light-years backwards, in terms of productivity.

    I'm sure I won't have time to turn that new computer on until the weekend. I need to set aside several hours to do battle with that juggernaut. Maybe Saturday morning I can revisit the many issues that remain.

    Thanks for trying to help everyone!!!
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  10. #10


    West Auckland
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8 Pro Pack x64


    The things you want to ask yourself is why does it work for so many other people... but not you?

    That would indicate not a Windows 8 problem, but an error on your particular installation.

    I agree with all the other replies here that say you should attempt a repair, because if you cannot access group policy editor under an administrators account, there is something wrong with your installation. It is not a fault of Windows 8 as I have successfully disabled lock screen of MANY Win 8 installs.

    One thing Win 8 has GREATLY improved on is the repair and refresh functionality. It is far superior and simpler than previous versions, so expect you will succeed.

    Good luck!

    Eventually you may grow to love Eight. I hated it at first, now I'm in love.
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