So I took a plunge and installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview on my main home PC. So far so good, but there is one annoyance - the system "locks" the computer after a period of inactivity causing me to re-enter my password.

I really would like to avoid this, but have no idea how. I already tried the power settings (no pass on wake up) and the screen saver settings with no luck. Is this some sort of bug, or am I missing something?

P.S. In this case I favor convenience over security.

  • Set the period of time before the lockscreen appears. Use the same procedure you would use for Windows 7.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 19:02
  • How? I tried settings on the props page for Screen Saver and Power Options. Is there a different place? Commented Mar 7, 2012 at 19:20

7 Answers 7


Control Panel\Hardware and Sound\Power Options\System Settings click "change settings that are currently unavailable" and than choose at password protection on wakeup "don't require a password"


You can get rid of the lock screen (before the login prompt) by means of a policy change. Start gpedit.msc, then go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Personalization and in the left pane double-click the setting Do not display the lock screen and set it to Enabled.

Copied from another answer by me here.

  • gpedit.msc does not exist for me, other suggestions?
    – jjxtra
    Commented Jul 14, 2013 at 3:35
  • @PsychoDad: see the other answer in that case. Commented Aug 10, 2013 at 12:04
  • @PsychoDad gpedit.msc needs Windows Pro resp. Windows Enterprise.
    – Peter
    Commented Nov 26, 2014 at 18:19

Type "EAS" in the Metro Start Screen and click Settings on the right side. From there you can reset the EAS Policies. This will help if you have connected a mail account which enforces some security policies.

If you have a non-english Windows installed try the following (instead of typing EAS): Win+X and open Control panel > Control Panel > User Accounts > Reset Security Policies.

After this, you should be able to disable the requirement for password under PC Settings → User.

  • 4
    You don't need to disable the password. The user just doesn't want the Start Screen to appear after a period of inactivity.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Sep 5, 2012 at 10:55

Check under power options. Setting --> control panel --> System and Security --> Power Options--> Password protection on wakeup

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    If it isn't obvious, click the "Change options currently unavailable" if you want to change Pass protection.
    – Valoric
    Commented Mar 9, 2012 at 1:12

I think this is a bug, at least on my installation If i change the screen saver timeout from the default 5 mins to anything else then click OK or Apply and come back to Screen saver settings it has reverted back to 5 mins

  • Saw the same behavior but I don't think we're talking about the screensaver here. It's more about the lock screen of Win8
    – Jacques
    Commented Nov 28, 2012 at 12:35

(Posting this answer for searchability)

The answer on this page (http://www.askvg.com/how-to-disable-lock-screen-in-windows-8/) worked for others in my organization, but not for me. The solution there was:

METHOD 1: Using Group Policy Editor (gpedit.msc)

  1. Press "WIN+R" key combination to launch RUN dialog box then type gpedit.msc and press Enter. > It'll open Group Policy Editor.
  2. Now go to: Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Control Panel -> Personalization
  3. double-click on "Do not display the lock screen" option and set its value to "Enabled".

METHOD 2: Using Registry Editor (regedit)

  1. Set via regedit: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Personalization
  2. create a new DWORD NoLockScreen and set its value to 1

NB: I'm running OSX, and then a Windows 8 VM with Parallels. @teeney-weeny's solution worked for me since the Parallels profile had some overrides.

Admittedly, my current environment has a cumulative solution (method 1 + method 2 + @teeney-weeny's solution).


Right click on desktop and click personalize and go to click screen saver and check the dialog box on resume display logon screen

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