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Windows 10: Deactivate the lock screen and get started right away

You just can't see the annoying introduction page anymore? COMPUTER BILD shows how to deactivate the Windows 10 lock screen.

Switch on the computer, type in the password and get started: What was common up to Windows 7 is unfortunately only a dream for users of newer Windows versions. Because every time the PC is started, they first have to click away the so-called "Lock Screen", which covers the actual login window ("Login Screen"). COMPUTER BILD shows how to deactivate the Windows 10 lock screen.

Windows lock screen: why bother?

Microsoft introduced the lock screen in 2012 with Windows 8. Depending on the operating system version, it displays more or less useful information such as the time, new e-mails, appointments or the weather. For many Windows users, the lock screen is just an annoying obstacle when starting the computer. In order to get past the lock screen, the PC user either has to click or a key like Ctrl or press the space bar. With a Windows tablet or a convertible computer with a touchscreen, you can alternatively swipe the lock screen upwards. Only then does the regular login screen appear for entering the Windows password or PIN code.

Windows 10: Deactivate the lock screen

Unfortunately, if you find this annoying, you cannot simply turn off the lock screen in the Windows settings - Microsoft apparently thinks it is too useful. The lock screen can be deactivated in a few simple steps. There are several ways to Rome here, too - but in principle it works in all Windows versions with a small change to the registry database. Thats how it works:

Step 1: Open the registry editor

To start the Registry Editor, press Windows key + R, type in the regedit command and click to confirm OK as well as on Yes. Double-click in the new window HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, on software, Policies,Microsoft and finally on Windows.

Step 2: Create registry key

Now check whether the "Personalization" key appears under "Windows" - in this case, continue with the next step. Otherwise create the key. To do this, click with the right mouse button on Windows, in the drop-down list New and then immediately on key. The text "New Key # 1" will appear. Replace it with Personalization and hit Enter.

Step 3: change value

Right click on the key Personalization. Clicks on in the drop-down list New and DWORD value (32 bit). The entry "New value # 1" then appears. Replace it with NoLockScreen and confirm with Enter. Now double click on NoLockScreen, replace the number in the new window 0 (Zero) with a 1 (one) and confirm by clicking on OK.

Step 4: Activate Windows 10 lock screen

After restarting Windows, the lock screen no longer appears and you can finally log into Windows right away. If you would like to go back to the lock screen, open the key in the "Registry Editor" as described above Personalization and the value NoLockScreen with double clicks. Now change the value 1 (one) back to 0 (zero) and confirm with OK. Alternatively, you can use the key Personalization Clear.

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Also works with other Windows versions

The trick works in all current Windows 10 versions as well as Windows 8 and 8.1. It banishes the lock screen when Windows starts as well as when logging off and locking the computer - for example using keyboard shortcuts Windows button + L.. With the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (version 1607) and in the first pre-release versions of the Windows 10 Creators Update (Windows 1703), Microsoft blocked the registry hack, but later enabled it again with the KB4016240 patch.

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