Is there a way to get a PC running Windows 10 Pro to go to the lock screen when locking instead of the login screen?

Lock Screen and Login Screen Picture


  • Three tested computers go to lock screen on boot.
  • Locking a PC running Windows 10 Home (with Win+L, for example) makes it go to the lock screen
  • Locking two PCs running Windows 10 Pro makes them go to the login screen.

How can I make it so that the two Windows 10 Pro computers go to the lock screen when locking, and not just at boot?

Windows 10 Pro Version 1803 (OS Build 17134.799)

Settings and Research...

  • Settings > Accounts > Sign-In Options

    • "If you've been away, when should Windows require you to sign in again?"
    • set to "Never"

    • Then tried elevated CMD commands to reset Group Policy

    RD /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicyUsers"
    RD /S /Q "%WinDir%\System32\GroupPolicy"
    gpupdate /force

    • And looked at Windows Key + R, rsop.msc

    • Can't see much yet.

    • Local Group Polices under Personalization all Not Configured. Local Group Polices

    • HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System is Empty

    • Screensaver turned off. On resume, display logon screen un-ticked. Screensaver Settings Windows 10

    • The known registry key is already set to 1 as posts would describe:

reg.exe add HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Authentication\LogonUI\SessionData /t REG_DWORD /v AllowLockScreen /d 1 /f

Source 1, Source 2

  • Can also be turned off completely also by adding the following key:

New Dword: NoLockScreen, Set to 1

Also noticed these key locations; to no avail:

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\ContentDeliveryManager *
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Lock Screen *
HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop LockScreenAutoLockActive
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\DeviceLock * sub folders
HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\PolicyManager\default\WindowsLogon * sub folders

Update: 13/6/2019: Now believe it is likely caused by fast user logon or user switching.

Tried Disabling Fast User Switching in Windows 10

  :: Created by: Shawn Brink
  :: Created on: October 13th 2017
:: Tutorial: https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/95383-enable-disable-fast-user-switching-windows-10-a.html

powershell -windowstyle hidden -command "Start-Process cmd -ArgumentList '/s,/c,REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /V
HideFastUserSwitching /T REG_DWORD /D 00000001 /F & REG Delete
HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\System /V
HideFastUserSwitching /F & taskkill /f /im explorer.exe & start
explorer.exe' -Verb runAs"


All it did was remove the users for fast login from the menu, so reverted.

  • 1
    What do you define as the lock screen vs logon screen? May 25, 2019 at 16:25
  • Is your problem the "Force a specific default lock screen and logon image" GPO which doesn't work correctly since 1803?
    – harrymc
    May 25, 2019 at 20:18
  • Your question states that Windows 10 PCs lock to both the login screen and the lock screen. You need to make it clearer which version of Windows 10 you want to change here. May 26, 2019 at 2:31
  • Have you checked the screen-saver on these computers?
    – harrymc
    May 26, 2019 at 6:31
  • Do you have any sub-keys or values in the registry in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System? Do you have a Personalization key under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows and what does it contain?
    – harrymc
    May 26, 2019 at 8:19

1 Answer 1

  1. Run Ultimate Windows Tweaker 4.5 enter image description here
  2. Customization --> Universal UI
  3. Untick Enable User Switching So That User List Appears On Logon
  4. Apply Teaks
  5. Windows + L now shows Lock Screen image.

Lock Screen Image now showing

Note: Have not found the corresponding registry tweak, windows setting or group policy setting yet that works on these machine. But at least it is resolved!

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