Last Updated on August 10, 2016
Another day, another thing shoved down our throats by MS., This time, it’s the forced lock screen in the latest Windows 10 Anniversary update. I have written previously about the annoyance I faced with this update, but something like the lock screen which I have to see every day multiple times is too much. I generally disable it on my PC just cause it is a yet another step I have to take before using my computer. And besides, what is the point of even having a lock screen on a desktop PC in the first place? It’s not like I’m ever going to want to see it when I log into my PC. If you are somewhat annoyed with this, below are the step by step instructions to disable the lock screen in Windows 10 anniversary update.
Disable Lock Screen in Windows 10
- Head over to the Control Panel > System and Security > Administrative Tools.
- In the Administrative Tools windows, click on Task Scheduler.
- Now select the Task Scheduler Library in the left side gutter.
- In the Actions gutter click on Create Task and fill the name and description as shown below in the image. Of course, both don’t need to be the exact copy of what I have written in the image. It’s just to give you an idea.
- After that is done, click on the New button in the Triggers tab.
- Set the Begin the task to At log on and then click OK.
- Add another trigger the same way setting the Begin the task to On Workstation lock. Your Triggers tab will look something like the image below.
- Now in the same Create Task window, switch to the Actions tab and click on New button.
- Type “reg.exe” (without quotes) in the Program/script field.
- In the Add arguments (optional) field, type “add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\SessionData /t REG_DWORD /v AllowLockScreen /d 0 /f” (without quotes) and then click OK. The Create Task window will look something like the image below.
- Click the Conditions tab this time and unselect the Start the task only if the computer is on AC power and Stop if the computer switches to battery checkboxes. Click OK. It should look like the image below.
This is it. Now whenever Windows feels like showing up the lock screen to you when you are logged out, the task you just created using the Task Scheduler will automatically hide it from your screen. You can verify whether it works on your PC by clicking on the Windows Key + L to lock your current session which, by default, should show you the lock screen, but after following the steps above, won’t.