How To Personalize The Lock Screen And Turn It Off In Windows 10

How To Personalize The Lock Screen And Turn It Off In Windows 10

If the computer or tablet on which Windows 10 is installed goes into sleep mode, a lock screen will appear after exiting sleep.

It can be customized to your needs or completely disabled so that getting out of sleep puts the computer directly into working mode.

Lock Screen Personalization

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

Change background

  1. In the search, type “Computer Settings”.

To open "Computer Settings" enter a name in the search

Go to the "Personalization" block.

We open the section "Personalization"

Select the “Lock Screen” sub-item. Here you can select one of the proposed photos or upload your own from the computer’s memory by clicking on the “Browse” button.

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

Before finishing the installation of a new image, the system will show a preliminary version of displaying the selected photo. If the image fits, then confirm the change. Done, a new photo on the lock screen is installed.

After preview, confirm the changes

Video: how to change the picture of the Windows 10 lock screen

Slide show setup

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

  1. Go back to "Computer Settings" ->“Personalization” is similar to the previous example.
  2. Select the “Background” sub-item, and then select the “Windows: interesting” option if you want the system to pick up beautiful photos for you, or the “Slide show” option for compiling a collection of images yourself.
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Select “Windows: Interesting” to randomly select a photo or “Slideshow” to manually configure photos.

If you chose the first option, then it remains only to save the settings. If you prefer the second item, then specify the path to the folder in which the images reserved for the lock screen are stored.

Specify the folder folder to create a slide show from the selected photos

Click on the “More slide show options” button.

Open "Advanced slide show options" to configure the technical parameters for displaying photos

  • Here you can specify the settings:
    • computer receiving photos from the “Film” folder (OneDrive);
    • selection of the image to fit the screen;
    • replace screen off lock screen;
    • slide show interruption time.
    • Set preferences to your preferences and capabilities.


      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 a free icon (displayed by a plus) or already taken and select which application should be displayed in this icon.

      Select shortcuts for the lock screen

      Additional settings

      1. From the personalization options, click on the “Screen Timeout Settings” button.

      Click on the button “Timeout settings for the screen” to configure the lock screen

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

      Set sleep wait options

      Go back to the personalization settings and click on the “Screensaver Settings” button.

      We open the section "Screensaver Settings"

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

      Select a screen saver to display it after turning off the screen

      Setting a password on the lock screen

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

        In the “Computer Settings”, select the “Accounts” block.

      Go to the “Accounts” section to select the option to protect your PC

      Go to the “Login Settings” sub-item and select one of the possible password settings in it: classic password, pin code or graphic key.

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      We choose the method of adding a password from three possible options: classic password, pin code or pattern

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

      We prescribe a password and a hint for data protection

      You can disable the password in the same section by setting the parameter “Never” to the value “Login required”.

      We set the value to "Never"

      Deactivate Lock Screen

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

      How To Personalize The Lock Screen And Turn It Off In Windows 10

      Through the registry (one-time)

      This method is only suitable if you need to turn off the screen once, since after rebooting the device, the parameters will be restored and the lock will begin to occur again.

      1. Open the Run window by holding down the WinR combination.
      2. Type regedit and click OK. A registry opens, in which you will need to step through the folders:
        • SOFTWARE;
        • Microsoft
        • Windows
        • CurrentVersion;
        • Authentication
        • LogonUI;
        • SessionData.
        • The AllowLockScreen file is located in the final folder, change its parameter to 0. Done, the lock screen is deactivated.

        Set the AllowLockScreen parameter to "0"

        Through the registry (forever)

        1. Open the Run window by holding down the WinR combination.
        2. Type regedit and click OK. In the registry window, go through the folders alternately:
          • SOFTWARE;
          • Policies;
          • Microsoft
          • Windows
          • Personalization
          • If any of the above sections is missing, create it yourself. When you reach the destination folder, create a parameter in it with the name NoLockScreen, bit 32, DWORD format and value 1. Done, it remains to save the changes and reboot the device for them to take effect.

          Create a NoLockScreen parameter with a value of 1

          Through task creation

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

            Expand the "Task Scheduler" by finding it in the search.

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

          Proceed to create a new task.

          In the "Actions" window, select "Create a simple task. "

          Register any name, give the highest permissions and indicate that the task is configured for Windows 10.

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

          Go to the “Triggers” block and fill out two parameters: when entering the system and when the user unlocks the workstation.

          We create two triggers to completely turn off the lock screen when any user logs in.

          Go to the “Actions” block, start creating an action called “Launch the program”. In the line “Program or script” write the value of 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 the changes, the lock screen will no longer appear until you turn off the task yourself.

          We register the action of turning off the lock screen

          Through local policy

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

            Expand the Run window by holding down the WinR combination and use the gpedit.msc command.

          We execute the gpedit.msc command

          Expand your computer’s configuration, go to the administrative template block, in it go to the “Control Panel” subsection and to the “Personalization” destination folder.

          Go to the "Personalization" folder

          Open the “Lock screen lock screen” file and set it to “Enabled”. Done, save the changes and close the editor.

          Through deleting a folder

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

          Delete the Microsoft.LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy folder

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