I wrote a few weeks ago about my Windows 8 install experience on my Lenovo laptop (not a good one). This go-round went just swell because I chose the ‘not keep any personal settings or files’ option. This completely wiped my computer and installed Windows 8. I installed a start button on my Lenovo, but not on my work station. Instead, I’m going to get to know Windows 8 and share some tips with you.
This week, I’m going to show you how to change your lock screen picture or just disable it so when you boot up or wake the computer up, it goes straight to the login (enter your password) screen. So one way, you’ll get to look at a picture of your own choosing, or you can bypass that step and get right down to entering your password to log in.
When Windows 8 boots, instead of seeing the usual desktop we’ve become accustomed to, you’ll see what’s called a ‘lock screen’. Below is how I personalized my lock screen. Windows 8 ships with an image of the Seattle skyline. So there’s no screen saver tools for Windows 8. When the lock screen appears, then you have to click your mouse to enter into where you log in. So that’s two clicks to get to your work screen instead of one.
Video on Changing Lock Screen and How To Disable the Lock Screen
So here’s the 3” video on how to change your lock screen picture or disable it entirely. Instructions below for disabling the lock screen.
Change Your Windows 8 Lock Screen Picture OR Disable Lock Screen
Instructions for Disabling the Lock Screen on Windows 8
You’ll get the screen below where you’ll click ‘Administrative Templates’, then ‘Control Panel’, then ‘Personalization’, then double click on ‘Do not display the lock screen’.
Then you’ll get one more screen where you want to click ‘Disable lock screen’ and apply. That’s it, you won’t see it again. If you want it back, just follow the same steps except you’ll want to ‘Enable lock screen’
I hope you like today’s tip – I may do more Windows 8 tips – what would you like to know about? Please leave a comment.