How do you get rid of the lock screen on your Windows 10 PC? Read this.

Updated May 16, 2017: We refreshed this list to include new steps for the Windows 10 Creators Update.

The Windows 10 lock screen divides many users. Some don't mind seeing a nice picture along with a news blurb, some notifications, and the time of day. Others find it to be a waste. Why click or drag just to get to the actual sign-in screen?

Disabling the lock screen is now entirely possible in the Creators Update, whether you're running Home or Pro (including Enterprise and Education) editions of Windows 10.

How to disable the lock screen in the Home edition of Windows 10 Creators Update

If you have Windows 10 Home edition, to disable the lock screen you need to make some changes in your registry.

Note: As always when editing your registry, there is a chance that your OS can fail if the exact steps are not followed. Before beginning, make sure you create a full backup of your PC.

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Click Search.

    Right-click the Start button. Click Search.

  3. Type regedit and hit Enter on your keyboard.
  4. Double-click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

    Type regedit and hit Enter. Double-click HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

  5. Double-click SOFTWARE.
  6. Double-click Policies.

    Double-click SOFTWARE. Double-click Policies.

  7. Double-click Microsoft.
  8. Right-click Windows.

    Double-click Microsoft. Right-click Windows.

  9. Click New.
  10. Click Key.

    Click New. Click Key.

  11. Type Personalization and hit Enter on your keyboard.
  12. Right-click the Personalization key you just created.

    Type Personalization and hit Enter. Right-click the Personalization key you just created.

  13. Click New.
  14. Click DWORD (32-bit) Value.

    Click New. Click DWORD.

  15. Type NoLockScreen and hit Enter on your keyboard.
  16. Double-click the NoLockScreen DWORD you just created.

    Type NoLockScreen and hit Enter. Double-click the NoLockScreen DWORD you just created.

  17. Type 1 in the Value data field.
  18. Click OK.

    Type 1 in the Value Data field. Click OK.

To re-enable the lock screen, change the DWORD value back to 0.

How to disable the lock screen in the Pro edition of Windows 10 Creators Update

If you're running a Pro edition (including Enterprise and Education) of Windows 10 Creators Update, you can use the Group Policy editor to remove the lock screen.

  1. Right-click the Start button.
  2. Click Search.

    Right-click the Start button. Click Search.

  3. Type gpedit and hit Enter on your keyboard.
  4. Double-click Administrative Templates.

    Type gpedit and hit Enter on your keyboard. Double-click Administrative Templates.

  5. Double-click Control Panel.
  6. Click Personalization.

    Double-click Control Panel. Click Personalization.

  7. Double-click Do not display the lock screen.
  8. Click Enabled.

    Double-click Do not display the lock screen. Click Enabled.

  9. Click Apply.
  10. Click OK.

    Click Apply. Click OK.

Your lock screen

Is your lock screen disabled? Will it be now that you know how to disable it? For more Creators Update information, be sure to check out Senior Editor Zac Bowden's in-depth review.

See the definitive Windows 10 Creators Update review