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Slideshow: Disable the Windows 8 Lock screen

Enabling Requirements Filters will narrow down the number of settings

Using Filters

Now, before I show you how to disable the Lock screen from the in the Local Group Policy Editor, let me take a moment to show you a little trick.

There are quite a few new settings for Windows 8 in the Local Group Policy Editor that you might be interested in learning about, but finding them can be time consuming due to the fact that there are still a lot of settings in Local Group Policy Editor that are designed only for previous versions of the operating system. You can narrow down the number of settings to only those that work in Windows 8 by using Filters. Keep in mind that this filtering feature will include settings that were designed for earlier operating system but still work in Windows 8.

Once Local Group Policy Editor is up and running, pull down the Actions menu and select the Filter Options command. When you see the Filter Options dialog box, select the Enable Requirements Filters check box, and then select the Windows 8 operating systems check box.

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.

6 comments
nicki.dean
nicki.dean

I have been trying to get rid of the Start Screen/Lock Screen, but when I type in gpedit.msc, it says that it cannot be found. Can anyone tell me how to get rid of the Start/Lock Screen, as well as the little bar that comes from the left when I move the cursor across the screen? Thanks!

wdewey@cityofsalem.net
wdewey@cityofsalem.net

Does anyone know how to require control alt delete to login? This was a security feature that kept people from writing a mimic login screen to capture usernames and passwords. Bill

333239
333239

On the desktop all you have to do is click a key to get rid of it. On a tablet however you must swipe it upwards, then you must find and touch the password box to bring up the virtual keyboard before you can start typing your password.

mountjl
mountjl

...the article does do a good job of introducing the lay person to the local policies interface and subsequently act as a starting point for budding power-users to start their adventure in the land of GPOs, but frame it as such, don't fall on to the lame example used.

mountjl
mountjl

The effort of clicking the mouse, or pressing any single key to dismiss the lockscreen is so overwhelming as to render the at-a-glance notifications for the time, number of new messages, network notification etc unworthwhile. Not to mention the effort needed to remove that element of the interface. Jeez. Going out of your way to remove functionality that hardly represents a serious impediment seems a bit....well....stupid. Sorry.

awgiedawgie
awgiedawgie

Skipping the lock screen (and never having to look at the Metro interface) would be great. Of course, the big question will be whether the Group Policy Editor will be available in all editions of Win8, since it's not available in the Home Premium edition of other versions of Windows. Now, if Microsoft is smart, they'll put the Start Menu back in for the Desktop interface. It seems there are a lot of users that want it, and MS just isn't listening. And if they don't put it back in, and if the OEM's are smart, they'll only deploy Windows 8 on tablets, and just make it optional on notebooks and desktop machines. Or include a free downgrade to Windows 7. I suspect I'd get used to using it if I'm forced to upgrade (e.g. if I have to buy a new machine, and only Win8 units are available), but I'll admit it - I'm an old fashioned die-hard. I still use DOS commands and batch files for a number of operations. They work faster, especially when processing a large number of files, because they don't have any interfacing to do, as opposed to windowed programs that have to update their UI while they're performing the operation.