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When I boot or wake up my laptop running Windows 8.1, it first shows me a wallpaper and displays the time.

Then I have to click or press any key in order to get to the login screen, where I can enter my password.

Is there any way to directly get to the login screen, without getting to the wallpaper screen first?

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Yep it can be done fairly easily although only tested on Windows 8 not 8.1...:

Click on the Start ORB key, type gpedit.msc, and press Enter.

You should now get Local Group Policy Editor open up.

Navigate to Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization

Change 'Do not display the lock screen' to Enabled and then reboot Windows.

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    This will of course work within Windows 8.1, it also would work on Windows 7, nothing has changed with the lock screen between them. – Ramhound Sep 18 '14 at 15:17
  • well hidden, but very easy to accomplish. Thanks a lot! – Bernd Sep 18 '14 at 15:19
  • @Ramhound did you mean Windows 8? There's no lockscreen in Windows 7 AFAIK. – gronostaj Sep 18 '14 at 16:40
  • @gronostaj - I actually meant Windows 7. Windows 7 has a lockscreen( Ctrl+ALT+DEL screen ) or am I thinking of something else? – Ramhound Sep 18 '14 at 16:43
  • @Ramhound Oh, that's what you meant. I believe this question is dealing with that fullscreen wallpaper and clock thing that you have to slide up before you can enter your password in Windows 8[.1]. – gronostaj Sep 18 '14 at 16:46

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