There’s a large part of my heart that feels like Microsoft neglected non-touch screen users with Windows 8. Yes, I get it, touch is purported to become increasing ubiquitous; however, I like my non-touch laptop just fine. For people like us, it’s disconcerting to have to jump through hoops to make our computers work the way we want.
If you’re in a bad mood, I’m convinced that your bilious disposition is a function of everything Microsoft took away in Windows 8.
But it doesn’t have to be all bad. With a few nimble clicks, we can easily disable the lock screen. Or if I can’t induce you to completely forsake the lock screen I’ll show you how to increase how long it takes before the screen locks on your computer when it’s idle.
Let’s talk about disabling the lock screen. We’ll set it up so when Windows wakes up, it zips right to the password input screen and completely avoids that annoying tablet biased screen…
Disabling the Lock Screen
We can make Windows comply with our wishes by kicking open the Local Group Policy Editor and enabling the Do not display lock screen attribute.
Press the Windows Key + r to bust open the run dialog box then type this:
Welcome to the Local Group Policy Editor. This program is what Microsoft calls a MMC snap-in and it gives you a single interface to a myriad of configuration goodies. I encourage you to explore all the stuff you can change here after you read this post.
To disable the lock screen, click through the following folders in the left pane: Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, Control Panel, Personalization and then double click Do not display lock screen.
In the properties screen, change the radio button from Not Configured to Enabled, click OK and you’re done.
Give it a quick test: press the Windows Key + L and you should see the password input box instead of that inane lock screen.
If you don’t have the group policy editor, I don’t think Windows 8 core has it, you can accomplish the same magic with the registry editor.
From the Start Screen, type it out and press enter
When it launches the User Account Control box pops into your face. Click Yes.
Now, click File and choose Export so you can save a copy of the registry. It’s really important to do this every time you make a Registry change because if you don’t know what you’re doing, you can really break things. Save the export to a jump drive and follow me.
In the left pane, navigate to:
Now right click that Windows key, choose New and pick Key from menu.
Next, right click an empty area of the right pane and choose New and choose DWORD (32-bit Value)
and double-click it and change the value from 0 to 1.
Click OK and that will do it for you. It should look like the graphic below.
Delaying the Lock Screen
To increase the time it takes the lock screen to appears on your idle computer, just right click the desktop, choose Personalize and pick Screen Saver.
In the Screen Saver Settings box change the wait time to a higher value, check On resume, display logon screen and choose OK.