There are many who deem time is always of the essence, so going through the lock screen in their Windows 10 computers might not be an efficient way to keep up with their deadlines. With the Anniversary Update that comes with the 10th major operating system from Microsoft, the company no longer lets you disable the lock screen with the use of a group policy setting or a registry hack. However, for those who do are not that concerned about their computer’s privacy, there are still some workarounds on how you can disable the lock screen for your Windows machine. Well, until the next update rolls out anyway.
Disabling the Lock Screen on Your Windows 10 Computer
Step 1 – First of all, do take note that these steps will disable the lock screen on your Windows 10 machine EXCEPT for when you boot your computer. Therefore, when you sign out and try to sign in once more, you won’t have to deal with the lock screen. The easiest way to turn the lock screen feature off almost completely is to rename the Microsoft.LockApp system application.
Step 2 – In order to rename the Microsoft.LockApp system app, open the File Explorer on your Windows 10 computer and head to C:\\Windows\SystemApps. In the list of folders that appears on the right side of the window, locate the “Microsoft.LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy” folder. Once you’ve located it, do a right-click on it and click on “Rename.” Rename it to something like “Microsoft.LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy.old” without the quotes.
Step 3 – With this folder renamed, the operating system won’t be able to load the lock screen anymore, except for when you boot up your device. Whenever you sign out of your computer, put it to sleep, or place it on hibernate mode, once you go back in, you won’t have to deal with the lock screen any longer.
Step 4 – Should you want to return the lock screen functionality at its fullest for your Windows 10 machine, all you have to do is rename the “Microsoft.LockApp_cw5n1h2txyewy” folder back to the way it was. If you’re worried that by doing this it will let you encounter numerous problems for your computer, then don’t be. This has been tried and tested by many, and there are no error messages or any apparent problems. The only thing that it does is that you will be able to bypass the login screen because you’ve renamed the system app folder corresponding to the feature.
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