The Windows 10 lock screen greets you with a nice image of your choice before going in your computer. If you have a password on your PC, the lock screen shows up first, then you have to click a button or tap the screen in order to get rid of this password lock.

The lock screen shows up after you boot your PC up and if you have sleep mode turned on, your computer will show the lock screen after a certain period of inactivity time.

This means that if you haven’t used your PC for a small period of time, you’ll have to get past this annoying screen. The lock screen is a pointless feature and it serves no security purpose and for some users, it’ll feel like it just slows you down from getting into your PC.

Since the Windows 10 April update, it has been made possible to turn off the lock screen.

How to Disable Windows 10 Lock Screen

In order to get rid of the Windows 10 lock screen, you’ll have to go into your Registry Editor. The Windows Registry Editor (regedit) is a graphical tool in the Windows operating system (OS) that allows authorised users to view the Windows registry and make changes.

You need to be aware that changing going into the registry editor and make changes can cause your OS to fail but it’s unlikely.

To disable Windows 10 lock screen:

  1. Click on the Windows + R key to open Run
  2. Search for regedit and click Yes


  1. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
  2. Right click on the right and click New > key

Personalisation folder

  1. Rename the key Personalisation
  2. Right-click in the new folder and click on New > DWORD (32-bit)
  3. Rename the New Value as NoLockScreen

NoLockScreen value 0 to 1

  1. Double click and change the value from 0 to 1 and click ok
  2. Close Registry Editor and restart your PC

When you restart your PC, you’ll see that there’s no lock screen, you’ll only be greeted with your password screen.

The picture you set as the lock screen will still be behind the password box so you’re not going to miss it. If you have sleep mode turned on, then you’re not going to see the lock screen pop up.

How to add Lock Screen to Windows 10

Let’s say that you miss you lock screen and you want to start seeing beautiful images again. You’ll probably feel like this if you had Windows spotlight because of the great images that are displayed within that feature.

To add a lock screen to Windows 10:

  1. Click on Windows + R key to open Run
  2. Search regedit and click yes
  3. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\personalisation
  4. Double click on NoLockScreen and change the value from 1 to 0
  5. Close Registry Editor and restart your PC
  6. You should be greeted with a lock screen after