How to personalize your lock screen and turn it off in Windows 10

If the computer or tablet on which Windows 10 is installed goes to sleep, then after waking up from sleep, the lock screen will appear. It can be configured to suit your needs or turned off altogether so that waking up from sleep puts the computer directly into working mode.


  • Personalize your lock screen
    • Change background
      • Video: how to change the lock screen picture Windows 10
    • Installing a slideshow
    • Quick Access Applications
    • Additional settings
  • Setting a password for the lock screen
    • Video: Create and Remove a Password in Windows 10
  • Deactivating the lock screen
    • Through the register (one-time)
    • Through the registry (forever)
    • Through task creation
    • Through local politics
    • By deleting a folder
    • Video: Disabling the Lock Screen Windows 10

Personalize your lock screen

The steps to change the lock settings are the same on a computer, laptop and tablet. Any user can change the background image by replacing it with their own photo or slideshow, as well as set the list of applications available on the lock screen.

Change background

  1. In the search, type 'Computer Settings'. Launch 'Computer Settings'

    To open 'Computer settings' enter the name in the search

  2. Go to the 'Personalization' block. Computer Settings interface

    Open the section 'Personalization'

  3. Select the 'Lock screen' sub-item. Here you can choose one of the offered photos or load your own from the computer memory by clicking on the 'Browse' button. Change the photo on the lock screen

    To change the photo of the lock screen, click on the 'Browse' button and specify the path to the desired photo

  4. Before completing the installation of a new image, the system will show a preliminary display of the selected photo. If the image fits, then confirm the change. Done, new lock screen photo is installed. 'Preview' screen

    After preview, confirm the changes

Video: how to change the lock screen picture Windows 10

Installing a slideshow

The previous instruction allows you to set a photo that will stand on the lock screen until the user replaces it himself. By installing a slideshow, you can ensure that the photos on the lock screen change on their own after a certain period of time. For this:

  1. Go to 'Computer Settings' -> 'Personalization' again similar to the previous example.
  2. Select the 'Background' sub-item, and then the parameter 'Windows: interesting' if you want the system to select beautiful photos for you on its own, or the 'Slideshow' option – to compose a collection of images yourself. Selecting a slideshow mode

    Select 'Windows: Interesting' to randomly select a photo or 'Slideshow' to manually adjust photos

  3. If you chose the first option, then all that remains is to save the settings. If you preferred the second point, then specify the path to the folder where the images reserved for the lock screen are stored. Selecting a folder for creating a slideshow

    Specify folder folder to create slideshow from selected photos

  4. Click on the 'More Slideshow Options' button. Go to advanced slideshow settings

    Open the 'Advanced slideshow options' to configure the technical parameters of the photo display

  5. You can specify the settings here:
    • the computer receives a photo from the 'Film' folder (OneDrive);
    • matching the image to the screen size;
    • replacing the screen off with the lock screen;
    • time to interrupt the slide show. 'Advanced slideshow settings'

      Set the settings to suit your preferences and capabilities

Quick Access Applications

In the personalization settings, you can choose which application icons will be displayed on the lock screen. The maximum number of icons is seven. Click on an empty icon (displayed with a plus) or an already occupied one and select which application should be displayed in this icon.

Selecting quick access apps

Select shortcut apps for your lock screen

Additional settings

  1. While in the personalization options, click on the 'Screen timeout options' button. Go to 'Timeout Options'

    Click on the 'Screen Timeout Options' button to configure the lock screen

  2. Here you can specify how soon the computer goes to sleep and the lock screen appears. Waiting options

    Setting sleep sleep parameters

  3. Go back to the personalization options and click on the 'Screen saver options' button. Go to 'Screen Saver Options'

    Open the section 'Screen saver options'

  4. Here you can choose which pre-created animation or image you added will be displayed on the splash screen when the screen goes blank. 'Screen saver options'

    Choosing a screensaver to display it after turning off the screen

Setting a password for the lock screen

If you set a password, you will have to enter it each time to remove the lock screen.

  1. While in the 'Computer Settings', select the 'Accounts' block. Go to account settings

    Go to the 'Accounts' section to select an option to protect your PC

  2. Go to the 'Login parameters' sub-item and select one of the possible options for setting a password: classic password, pin code or pattern. 'Login options'

    Choose a way to add a password from three possible options: classic password, pin code or pattern

  3. Add a password, come up with hints to help you remember it, and save your changes. Done, now you need a key to unlock. Adding a classic password

    Prescribing a password and a hint to protect data

  4. You can disable the password in the same section by setting the 'Never' option to the 'Login required' value. Disable password

    Set the value to 'Never'

Video: Create and Remove a Password in Windows 10

Deactivating the lock screen

There are no built-in settings to disable the lock screen in Windows 10. But there are several ways in which you can deactivate the appearance of the lock screen by manually changing the computer settings.

Through the register (one-time)

This method is suitable only if you need to turn off the screen one-time, since after the device is restarted, the parameters will be restored and the lock will start to occur again.

  1. Open the Run window by holding down the Win + R combination.
  2. Enter the command regedit and click OK. The registry will open, in which you will need to go through the folders step by step:
    • Microsoft;
    • Windows;
    • CurrentVersion;
    • Authentication;
    • LogonUI;
    • SessionData.
  3. The destination folder contains the AllowLockScreen file, change its setting to 0. Done, the lock screen is deactivated. One-time disable lock screen via registry

    Set the AllowLockScreen parameter to '0'

Through the registry (forever)

  1. Open the Run window by holding down the Win + R combination.
  2. Enter the command regedit and click OK. In the registry window, go through the folders one by one:
    • Policies;
    • Microsoft;
    • Windows;
    • Personalization.
  3. If any of the above sections is missing, create it yourself. When you reach the destination folder, create a parameter named NoLockScreen, 32 bit depth, DWORD format and value 1. Done, you just need to save the changes and reboot the device for them to take effect. Creating the NoLockScreen parameter

    Create parameter NoLockScreen with value 1

Through task creation

This method will allow you to permanently deactivate the lock screen:

  1. Expand the Task Scheduler by finding it in the search. Go to 'Task Scheduler'

    Open the 'Task Scheduler' to create a task to deactivate the lock screen

  2. Proceed to create a new task. Go to task creation

    In the 'Actions' window select 'Create a simple task …'

  3. Write down any name, give the highest rights and indicate that the task is configured for Windows 10. Setting up a task

    We name the task, issue the highest rights and indicate that it is for Windows 10

  4. Go to the 'Triggers' block and configure two parameters: when you log in and when you unlock the workstation by any user. Setting up triggers

    Create two triggers to completely turn off the lock screen when any user logs in

  5. Go to the 'Actions' block, start creating an action called 'Run the program'. In the line 'Program or script' write the value reg, in the line 'Arguments' write the line (add HKLM \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion \ Authentication \ LogonUI \ SessionData / t REG_DWORD / v AllowLockScreen / d 0 / f). Done, save all changes, the lock screen will no longer appear until you disable the task yourself. Create action

    Registering the action to disable the lock screen

Through local politics

This method is suitable only for users of Windows 10 'Professional' and older editions, as there is no local policy editor in the home versions of the system.

  1. Expand the Run window holding the Win + R combination and use the gpedit.msc command. Go to the Local Group Policy Editor

    We execute the command gpedit.msc

  2. Expand the configuration of the computer, go to the block of administrative templates, in it – to the subsection 'Control Panel' and to the final folder 'Personalization'. Group Policy Editor

    Go to the 'Personalization' folder

  3. Open the Prevent Lock Screen from displaying and set it to Enabled. Done, save your changes and close the editor. Preventing the display of the lock screen

    Activating the ban

By deleting a folder

The lock screen is a program stored in a folder, so you can open Explorer, go to System_section: \ Windows \ SystemApps and delete the folder Microsoft. LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy. Done, the lock screen will disappear. But it is not recommended to delete the folder, it is better to cut it out or rename it in order to be able to recover deleted files in the future.

Removing the lock screen by deleting a folder

Delete the folder Microsoft. LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy

Video: Disabling the Lock Screen Windows 10

In Windows 10, the lock screen appears every time you log in. The user can customize the screen for himself by changing the background, setting a slideshow or password. If necessary, you can cancel the appearance of the lock screen in several non-standard ways.

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