Deactivate Lock Workstation with the Windows key + “L”

Many of you probably know the function to lock your Windows installation with a key combination . You just need to press the following key combination (Windows key + “L”), and your Windows is already locked and you will be asked to enter the password again.

Windows key + L

Locking not only works with this key combination, but also with the well-known key combination “Ctrl + ALT + DEL” .

Ctrl Alt Del

Then you have to confirm ” Lock ” and the Windows PC is locked. But sometimes it can make sense to lock this function and prevent the Windows PC from being on the lock screen . You have 2 options to deactivate the ” Lock Workstation ” function .

Prevent Windows locking via registry

If you want to deactivate the Windows lock function, you have to switch to the following registry key.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER SOFTWARE Microsoft Windows CurrentVersion Policies

If there is no further subkey with the name ” System “, you have to create it first. Another DWORD 32-bit value with the following name must then be created below the ” System ” key .


Below we have shown you this accordingly.


Finally you have to assign the new value ” DisableLockWorkstation ” the value “1” . All changes are then completed and the changes are immediately active even without restarting Windows. You can check it by simply pressing the key combination Windows key + “L” or clicking on the ” User ” in the Windows Start menu .

Prevent lock workstation via GPO

You can achieve the same success with the group guidelines. For this you have to call the following GPO path

User Configuration / Administrative Templates / System / CTRL + ALT + DEL (Options)

There is the group policy you are looking for

Remove computer locks

Remove computer locks

This group policy must then be ” activated “. Microsoft explains this GPO as follows:

This policy setting prevents users from locking the system.

In the locked state, the desktop is hidden and the system can not be used. Only the user who locked the system or the system administrator can unlock it.

If you enable this policy setting , users cannot lock the computer by pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL .

If you disable or do not configure this policy setting, users can lock the computer by pressing CTRL + ALT + DEL.

Tip: To lock a computer without configuring a setting, press CTRL + ALT + DEL and click on “Lock computer “.

This group policy also becomes active immediately , a Windows restart is not necessary.

If you are interested in further Windows tips and tricks , please take a look at the following articles.

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