By default, when you install Windows 8, 8.1, 10 or 11, you'll get a lock screen instead of the logon screen every time you start up and every time you lock your session.
If you have a Professional or Enterprise edition of Windows 8, 8.1, 10 or 11, you can turn off this lock screen using Group Policies (GPO).
To do this, launch the "gpedit.msc" program which corresponds to the Local Group Policy Editor.
In the local group policy editor that appears, go to "Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Personalization" and double-click on the "Do not display the lock screen" policy .
Select "Enabled" and click OK.
Then, restart your computer.
After restarting, you will see that the lock screen will no longer appear.
If you have a home edition of Windows, you will not have access to Windows policies management.
However, you can still disable this lock screen by editing the Windows registry.
To do this, on Windows 8.1, 10 and 11, launch the "regedit.exe" program which corresponds to the registry editor.
In the registry editor that appears, go to the "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows" registry key.
In this registry key, locate the "Personalization" folder.
If this doesn't exist, then right click "New -> Key" on the "Windows" folder.
Then, name this folder (key) : Personalization.
In this "Personalization" key, right click "New -> DWORD (32-bit) value" on the right side.
Names this data : NoLockScreen.
Then, double click on it and enter the number "1" as the value.
Close the registry editor and restart your computer.
Once the computer has restarted, you will see that the lock screen will no longer appear.
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