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How to turn off auto-lock in Windows 10?

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The Auto-lock feature in Windows 10 is a mixed bag. While it’s a great way to protect your PC from unauthorised access, depending on the situation you’re in, it can also be a little bit of an annoyance. 

In this article, we’re talking about the auto-lock feature in Windows 10 and how you can turn it off. 

What is the auto-lock feature?

Aforementioned, the auto-lock feature locks your PC after a certain period of inactivity. Now, if you’re in an office environment or outdoors where someone might be able to access your PC if you were to leave it unattended, auto-lock is a great idea to protect your PC.

However, in-home settings, getting your PC locked after every ten minutes can be annoying, especially if you’re doing something like drawing off your monitor or taking notes from your PC. If you find yourself frequently annoyed by your PC automatically locking itself, you should disable the feature altogether. 

Also read: How to repair Windows 10 using DISM tool?

How to turn off auto-lock?

DIsabling auto-lock on Windows 10 is a rather easy process. Just follow these steps. 

Step 1: Press the Windows key and search for Power & Sleep settings. Click on the corresponding search result.

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Step 2: Here, you’ll see the options to turn off your screen and set your computer to sleep on either battery power or when plugged in. Set all the fields here to Never, and you’re good. 

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How to turn off auto-lock using the registry editor?

If for some reason, you can’t find the settings above, you can go through the registry editor and enforce these settings. 

Step 1: Press Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Type regedit and press enter.

Step 2: Navigate to the following directory. 


Step 3: Right-click the Windows folder and select Key under New. Name the new key Personalization.

Step 4: Right-click the new key and select DWORD (32-bit) Value under New. 

Step 5: Name the key NoLockScreen and set the Value to 1.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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