In our previous post we saw how you can change the Windows 8 lock screen background photo and choose the apps you would like to pin on it. While discussing the procedure, I also mentioned that the lock screen makes sense only when you are running Windows 8 on a tablet when compared to a desktop and laptop that doesn’t have touch input support.
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If you are a laptop or desktop user who is annoyed by the extra lock screen after migrating from Windows 7, here’s an easy way to disable it all together. After you disable the lock screen, you will directly get the password screen skipping the intermediate lock screen when you logon or lock your PC.
Disabling The Lock Screen
Step 1: Press Windows+R to open Windows 8 Run Box, type in gpedit.msc and press enter. This will open the Windows 8 Group Policy Editor on your computer. Now, this Group Policy Editor might not be available in all Windows 8 versions so that is something you’d need to check.
Step 2: Navigate to Computer Configuration—> Administrative Templates—>Control Panel –> Personalization under Local Computer Policy. After you make your way to the policy settings you will see three options on the right hand panel. Double click on the Do not display lock screen settings to edit its settings.
Step 3: By default, the state of the settings will be Not Configured. All you need to do is, activate Enable radio button to enable the settings and click on Apply button. Please do not change anything else in here.
This lock screen basically controls whether the lock screen should appear to a user when he logs on to Windows or when he locks its device. Enabling the service will make sure it happens. Later if you want to enable the lock screen, all you need to do is change the service to Disabled.
Even though the lock screen may not look useful to a desktop or a laptop user, it looks better than the monotonous single-colored password screen of Windows 8. Also it gives you some instant mail and weather reports. What I would say is that you disable the lock screen for a few days and see if you miss its presence. If you do, bring it back again.