Windows 10 provides many features and settings that you can use to manage your work and personalize your computer’s behavior. As computers become personalised over time, you can protect your information in many ways and prevent others from accessing it. One such option is Auto-Lock, which is cool, but sometimes annoying.
Some users don’t like it because it will hinder their work. Imagine staring at the screen and thinking about a few points when the Auto-Lock is suddenly activated. You can turn off the automatic lock in Windows 10 or manage it better.
Let’s see how it works.
WHAT IS Auto-Lock
Auto-Lock prevents unauthorized access to your computer, protecting your personal files and other data when you are away. Although you can manually lock the computer (press the Windows key + L), it is easy to forget when you leave the computer. Then the automatic lock comes into play.
According to the timer set, the screen turns off and the computer is locked. The only way to unlock is to enter the specified password or PIN. This is a great concept, I like it and have been using it on my laptop. I am a bit paranoid about privacy and security. This is because these days I read all the hacker news over and over again.
WHY USE IT OR NOT
As mentioned earlier, you should use the automatic lock on your Windows 10 computer to protect it from unauthorized access. Anyone can steal and sell your data, use it to attack you, or install unwanted software, malware, or spyware.
Some people have the bad habit of spying on the private lives of others. Automatic locking can partly prevent this. It can also save energy, which is especially useful when the laptop draws power from the battery.
There are many reasons for turning off automatic lock. For example, if you live alone, no one can access your computer. When you are away, your office may always be locked. And you believe that your partner will not access your computer without your permission. In this case, it may be troublesome to frequently lock and unlock the computer.
In particular, you can set Windows to display upcoming calendar events, weather reports, unread emails, and other important information on the lock screen. It is no longer just a beautiful wallpaper.
HOW TO TURN IT OFF OR ON
Right-click anywhere on the desktop and select Personalize. You can also open it from “Settings” by pressing the Windows key + I shortcut and clicking Personalization from there.
Click on Screen time settings under Lock screen in the left sidebar.
There are two options here. One is the screen and the other is sleep. Select Never under “When using battery power, turn off later” and “If plugged in, turn off later”
Your computer will never turn off the screen and automatically lock or go to sleep. The Auto-Lock function is only activated when the screen is turned off and the computer goes to sleep.
If the above solutions did not work for you, there are two ways to enforce these settings on Windows 10. Registry hacker is more suitable for Windows Home Edition, and Group Policy is more suitable for Windows Professional Edition.
Enter regedit in the Windows search of the start menu. Navigate to the following folder structure:
Right-click on the Windows folder and select Key under New.
Name this new key as Personalization. Right-click on this new key file and select DWORD (32-bit) Value under New.
Name this file as NoLockScreen. Now double-click on this DWORD file to open it and input 1 in the Value data field.
Moving on to Group Policy trick, search for gpedit.msc in the Start menu and open it. Navigate to the following folder — Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization.
Double click on ‘Do not display the lock screen’ file to open it.
Select Enabled from the pop-up window and click Apply to save changes.
That’s all, folks.
HOW TO MANAGE Auto-Lock IN WINDOWS SCREEN
Don’t set the screen and sleep settings to never as above, but set them to numbers you feel comfortable with. You can adjust it at any time to get the best position. I set it to never when plugged in and 10 minutes when using battery. When I work from home, my laptop is always connected because I don’t have to worry about unauthorized access there.
Of course, this may be different for you, depending on where you live and work. Another important setting here is the battery or power settings, which you can use to manage hibernation and sleep mode settings. The combination of the two can help you develop a plan that suits you.
The automatic lock function is quite good and may be very useful depending on your working environment. However, if you want to turn off automatic locking, there are some ways to do it. If these settings do not work for you, try the registry editor and group policy editor tricks. That should be done.