Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Windows 10 - Bypass the Lock Screen

For days, I've been having problems with the image on the Lock Screen changing back to its Windows default following a shutdown, and it will do this even if you have used Win Key + L to lock it, if in the meantime you have used DISM.exe to restore the deployment image, because that will cancel the effect of the Win Key + L. All this is because Windows 10 has a "self-healing" feature which restores unregistered changes to the system's default configuration unless you have registered those changes in the Registry.

I got fed up with those "musical chairs" and thanks to the How To Geek, found a way to simply tell Windows not to show me the Lock Screen at all, but instead to go directly to the Login Screen on a startup.

Use the Windows Key + R to bring up the Run box, and type in gpedit.msc and then in the left-hand column, navigate to:-
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization. In the right-hand panel, look for and double-click on the entry "Do not display the lock screen". This will open another window.

In the window that opens, change "Not configured" to "Enabled" and then along the bottom right of that window, click "Apply" and "OK" and that's it. Restart the computer to get everything happy in there, and it's Goodbye, Lock Screen!

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