If you want to speed up the sign in process, you can disable the Lock Screen on Windows 11. Here’s what you’ll need to do.
When you start Windows 11, the first thing you’ll see once your PC boots up is the Lock Screen. This is the splash screen you’ll see with the time, date, notifications, and background image before you sign in.
You can customize the Lock Screen to suit your own requirements—for example, you may decide to change the wallpaper. Still, some users might not care to click through the Lock Screen to get into their system. If that’s the case, you’ll want to disable the Lock Screen on Windows 11.
To disable it, you can use either the Group Policy Editor or you can modify the Registry. However, these options are only available to certain Windows 11 versions (unless you decide to upgrade). If you want to know how to disable the Windows 11 Lock Screen, follow these steps.
How to Disable the Lock Screen on Windows 11 via Group Policy
First, we’ll look at disabling the Lock Screen via Group Policy using the following steps:
- Click the Start button or hit the Windows key and type gpedit, then click the first result at the top.
- When the Local Group Policy Editor opens, navigate to the following path:
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization
- Next, double-click on Do not display the lock screen.
- When the policy screen comes up, click the Enabled option and click Apply and OK at the bottom of the screen.
- Exit the Local Group Policy Editor and restart your PC when you’re done.
When the computer restarts, it will go directly to the Sign-in screen, and the Lock Screen will no longer display. Again, this works on Windows 11 Pro (or above) only.
How to Disable the Lock Screen via the Registry on Windows 11
If you’re running Windows 11 Pro, Education, or Business, you can also disable the Lock Screen by modifying the Registry.
To disable the Lock Screen using the Registry on Windows 11, do the following:
- Click the Start button or hit the Windows key, type regedit, then click the top result.
- Once the Registry Editor opens, browse to the following path—note that you can copy and paste it into the Registry Editor bar at the top:
- Now, right-click the Windows key on the left and select New > Key.
- Name the new key Personalization and hit Enter.
- Next, right-click the Personalization key you just created and select New > DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name the DWORD value as Nolockscreen and hit Enter on your keyboard.
- Double-click on the Nolockscreen key you created and give it a Value data of 1 before you click OK.
Exit the Registry Editor and restart the PC when you’re ready. If you followed the steps correctly when your computer boots up again, the Lock Screen will be skipped, and you’ll see the sign-in screen only.
Customizing Windows 11 Further
The steps above should help you to disable the Lock Screen on Windows 11, but there are other ways you can customize your new PC.
For example, another way to quickly bypass the Lock Screen is to set up Windows Hello. The screen still appears, but when facial recognition detects your face, it will bypass the Lock Screen and sign you in within seconds.