How to disable the Windows 8.1 lock screen

The lock screen in Windows 8.1 has a lot more features than in the previous version — for instance, creating a lock screen photo slideshow. But If you want a faster way to get into the system when logging in, one option is to disable the Lock Screen.

Note: This tweak requires you to make a change in Local Group Policy Editor which is only available in the Pro version of Windows 8.1.

First hit Windows Key + R to bring up the Run dialog and type: gpedit.msc

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Next, navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization. Then in the left panel under Setting, double click on Do not display the lock screen.


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Change it from Not Configured to Enabled. Click OK to save the setting.


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Next time you restart your computer or device, you won’t see the lock screen — just the login screen. Disabling the lock screen only saves you a click or flick of the screen, but if you don’t use it, and time is essential, disabling it is easy.

Brian Burgess
Brian Burgess resides in Minnesota. A technology enthusiast his entire life, he worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. In addition to contributing to Tech Page One, he’s the Editor in Chief at, a contributor to Gizmag, and has written for other notable tech sites Byte, InformationWeek, and How-To Geek.
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  • gtodon

    Doesn’t work for me. Running “gpedit.msc” yields the message “Windows cannot find ‘gpedit.msc.’” My guess is that I have a more recent edition of Win 8.1. I’ve searched my PC for “group policy,” “lock screen,” etc., and found nothing. Any other ideas?

    • Ugh. You have to be using Windows 8/8.1 pro to use the Group Policy Editor. :/

  • gtodon

    This doesn’t work for me. When I run gpedit.msc, I get a box that says, “Windows cannot find ‘gpedit.msc.’” Would this be because I have a different version of Windows 8.1? Do you have any other ideas on how I can get rid of the lock screen?

    • Brian Burgess

      You need to be running the Pro version of Windows 8.1

  • Laura McDonnell

    Is there ANY other way to disable this without Windows 8 pro?

  • BUZ

    Got Win 8.1 Pro x64 did the suggested settings still get lock screen when monitor turns off.Screen turn off @ 15min in power settings, when screen turns back on (mouse activated/KB activated) i still get lock screen.

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  • Andrew K

    You can do it by going to the control panel/power options/system settings and turning it off there as an admin.