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Lock Screen - Enable or Disable in Windows 8


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Lock Screen - Enable or Disable in Windows 8
This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the lock screen appearing for users that are not required to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete before signing in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
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How to Enable or Disable Lock Screen in Windows 8 and 8.1
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This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the lock screen appearing for users that are not required to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete before signing in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.
How to Enable or Disable Lock Screen in Windows 8 and 8.1

information   Information
This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the lock screen appearing for users that are not required to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete (secure sign-in) before signing in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1.

You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.

warning   Warning
If you have Secure sign-in enabled for users to be required to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete before signing in, then it will override disabling the lock screen below.


EXAMPLE: Lock Screen in Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
36966d1391918199-lock-screen-default-background-image-change-windows-8-default_lock_screen.png





OPTION ONE
Enable or Disable Lock Screen using a REG File Download


Note   Note
The .reg files below are for the registry key and value below.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization

NoLockScreen DWORD

0 = Enable lock screen
1 = Disable lock screen


1. Do step 2 or 3 below for what you would like to do.​
2. To Enable the Lock Screen
NOTE: This is the default setting.​
A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​
Enable_Lock_Screen.reg
download
3. To Disable the Lock Screen
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.​
Disable_Lock_Screen.reg
download
4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.​
5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to Merge it.​
6. Click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK when prompted.​
7. When finished, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.​






OPTION TWO
Enable or Disable Lock Screen in Local Group Policy Editor

NOTE: This option for using group policy is only available in the Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise editions.
1. From the Start screen, start typing gpedit.msc and press Enter when finished.​
NOTE: You could also press Windows+R to open the Run dialog, type gpedit.msc, and click/tap on OK.​
2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.​
3. In the left pane, click on to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, and open Personalization. (see screenshot below)​
GPEDIT-1.jpg
4. In the right pane of Personalization, double click/tap on Do not display the lock screen. (see screenshot above)​
5. Do step 6 or 7 below for what you would like to do.​
6. To Enable the Lock Screen
A) Select (dot) Disabled or Not Configured, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below step 7A)​
NOTE: Not Configured is the default setting.​
7. To Disable the Lock Screen
A) Select (dot) Enabled, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)​
GPEDIT-2.jpg
8. You can now close the Local Group Policy Editor window if you like.​

That's it,
Shawn


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I have aWindows 8 standard and gpedit was non-existent.
Your solution worked
I am very satisfied French:thumbsup:

Thank you again. I very much appreciate your assistance.
 

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You're most welcome Joli, and welcome to Eight Forums. :)
 

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Password eliminate

Good morning Brink
I downloaded the file disable lock screen and ran it.
I missed something in the directions as after it updated the registry I did a restart and nothing changed.
I only have one user in the accounts and that is Administrator me.
where did I go wrong.

I just purchased a new system with Windows 8 standard.
larry
 

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Hello Larry,

Double check to see if you may have Secure sign-in enabled for users to be required to press Ctrl+Alt+Delete before signing in. If you do, then it will override disabling the lock screen. :)
 

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Password eliminate

Hi Brink;
Yes after I sent you the request I kept going back and re reading your instructions. I now have both my new machine and the wife's all running as we want them.
I tried to go back and send you a quick reply that I figured it out.
thank you.
Larry
 

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You're most welcome Larry. I'm happy to hear that they are running how you two wanted them now. :)
 

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    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
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locked screen

Brink I did find your write up about going into the power settings and then the top option on the left for setting some items in there but I must have something wrong.
Power up works fine. no need for the password.
restart same.
however when it is in the screen saver and you want to use the system it comes back to the start screen you hit enter and then the screen is locked. I can do a restart from there and it works OK.
Larry
 

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    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
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Brink Thank you so much for that last fix works very well.
I bought my wife a new All in One and I bought myself a different brand and it might be the same OS but they do not seem to function the same.
Larry.
 

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    Motherboard
    MB-ASR-ALIVNF6P
    Memory
    4 gig
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA 6150SE
    Monitor(s) Displays
    HP Touch Screen 23"
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You're most welcome Larry. It is amazing how much difference there is between brands. :)
 

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  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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Brink

Sorry I am being a bit slow, so if I am being asked for a password only sometimes, and it says locked, does this mean, it is happening because of screen-saver settings?

I have just done search for those settings, but don't have the option to remove tick??
 

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  • OS
    64-bit Windows 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
    Case
    Thermaltake Core P3
    Cooling
    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone