Windows 8.1 - How to disable the lockscreen

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Each time you start your computer, or you resume from standby, the lockscreen appears. You must click or tap on a random keyboard key to proceed. The goal of this FAQ is to explain how to disable the lockscreen of Windows 8.1.

Via the Group policy editor:

This method can only be used if you are running Windows 8.1 pro Edition.
  • Log-in with an Administrator account.
  • Press Windows + R to open the Run tab
  • Type "gpedit.msc" and confirm by clicking on "OK".
  • In the "Local Group Policy editor" and click "Computer Configuration" > "Administrative Templates" > "Control Panel" > "Customization".
  • Select the "Do not show the lock screen" option and change the value from "Not Configured" to "Enabled".
  • Click on Ok to validate.

Via the Registry:

  • Press Windows + R to open the Run tab.
  • Type "regedit" and confirm by clicking on "OK".
  • Select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Policies > Microsoft > Windows.
  • Create a new DWORD 32-bit and name it as "NoLockScreen".
    • Set its value to "1" , to disable the lockscreen.
    • Set its value to "0" , to enable the lockscreen.
  • Click on "OK" and close the registry.
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