Server 2012 R2 – Disable Lock Screen

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Firstly, the lock screen is there for a valid security reason, so I would not advocate doing this on a production network. But on my test network when I’m jumping between multiple servers all the time, it’s annoying to have to press CTRL+ALT+DELETE and tap the password in, each time I change console sessions.


In older versions of Windows you could simply go to the following registry key;


And change the value of the ‘Attributes’ value. But that does not work on Server 2012 R2.

Disable Lock Screen on a Single 2012 R2 Server

1. Windows Key+X > Control Panel > Power Options (switch to small icons if you can’t see it) > Edit your Power Plan > Turn off the display.

Power Options

2. Change the value to ‘Never’ > Save Changes.

Power Options

Disable Server 2012 Lock Screen via Group Policy

1. The policy is located at;

Computer Configuration > Policies > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization > Do not display the lock screen.

2012 R2 Disable Lock Screen

2. Edit and enable the policy.

2012 R2 Disable Lock Screen

3. Close the Policy editor, then either reboot the clients, wait a couple of hours, or manually run “gpupdate /force” on them.

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