Disable The Lock Screen On Windows 10

Update: The Windows 10 Anniversary Update (1607) removed the ability to disable the lock screen on Windows 10 Pro editions sadly, this tutorial will still work for enterprise versions of Windows 10, however not on Pro editions if you have updated past Windows 10 1511, released in November 2015.

The Windows 10 lock screen makes sense on tablet / mobile devices, however on a desktop PC or laptop the lock screen is just an extra click every time you wish to use your device. Thankfully the Windows 10 lock screen can be disabled quite easily.

To disable the lock screen on Windows 10 press the start button and search for “edit group policy”, then click on edit group policy to bring up the local group policy editor:

Disable the lock screen on Windows 10

 

Once you have the local group policy editor loaded up navigate down to thew following:

Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Control Panel > Personalization, then double click on “Do not display the lock screen”

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On the left menu select “Enabled” then click ok.

Disable the lock screen on Windows 10

Thats it, you no longer have a lock screen on your device. Press the Windows Key + L to lock your device, you will now see you are prompted to unlock the device right away, instead of having to click or press a key to make the lock screen go away.

I hope someone finds this useful, easy to do, once you know how!

Free Re Install Of The Windows 10 DVD Player

If you want to re install Windows 10 after obtaining the free upgrade you will find that you loose the free copy of the Windows 10 DVD player you were given for upgrading from Windows 8 Professional With Media Center or Windows 7 Home Premium / Ultimate.

However fear not, this simple guide will show you how to re-install the Windows 10 DVD player for free!

First download the Windows 10 DVD player for your version of Windows 10, either 32bit or 64bit:

The above downloads link directly to the Windows 10 DVD player on Windows Update, so you can be assured the file is safe.

One downloaded, use WinRAR to extract the cab file, this can be done by right clicking on either the windows10.0-kb3081704-x64.msi or windows10.0-kb3081704-x86.msi depending on which file you downloaded, then select extract here:

Windows 10 DVD Player Free Re-IInstall

Next you want to make two folders in the root of your C:\ drive called temp and temp2.

Copy either the windows10.0-kb3081704-x64.msi or windows10.0-kb3081704-x86.msi you extracted in to the temp folder you just created.

Windows 10 DVD Player Free Re-IInstall

 

Now you need to open the Command Prompt, this can be done by searching for “Command Prompt” in the start menu.

Once the command prompt has loaded type the following depending on the edition of Windows you have.

  • 64bit: msiexec /a c:\temp\windows10.0-kb3081704-x64.msi /qb TARGETDIR=c:\temp2
  • 32bit: msiexec /a c:\temp\windows10.0-kb3081704-x86.msi /qb TARGETDIR=c:\temp2

Windows 10 DVD Player Free Re-IInstall

Then you need to open PowerShell, this can be done by searching for “PowerShell” in the start menu, be sure to right click and select “Run as administrator” otherwise the next step will fail:

Windows 10 DVD Player Free Re-IInstall

Simply copy and paste the following in to Powershell:

Add-AppxProvisionedPackage -Online -PackagePath c:\temp2\InstallDVDAppxPackage\cd0c0ffe0ee94518833e70b1e931fcff.appxbundle -LicensePath c:\temp2\InstallDVDAppxPackage\cd0c0ffe0ee94518833e70b1e931fcff_License1.xml

 

The above will copy and paste on to one line in PowerShell, however if you have having trouble you can copy and paste from this text file: Windows 10 DVD Player PowerShell

Windows 10 DVD Player Free Re-IInstall

Press enter and the Windows 10 DVD Player will be installed:

Windows 10 DVD Player Free Re-IInstall

You should now see the Windows 10 DVD player under recent apps in the start menu, if not you should be able to find it by searching for “Windows DVD Player”.

Windows 10 DVD Player Free Re-IInstall

The Windows 10 DVD player can be used as normal on your clean install of Windows 10, just as if you had upgraded from Windows 7 or 8:

Windows 10 DVD Player Free Re-IInstall

I hope if you have clean installed Windows 10 and wanted to re-install the Windows DVD Player app you found this tutorial useful.

I would suggest you also checkout VLC, it’s a media player which will play DVD’s and just about any audio / video file you can think of, without requiring any additional codes to be installed. Best of all VLC is free, and is an Open Source application.

Install Windows 8.1 with Windows 8.0 Product Key / Serial Number

Installing Windows 8.1 using your Windows 8.0 key is not as easy as it should be, Microsoft first want you to install Windows 8.0, then upgrade to 8.1 using the Windows Store, then after that install Windows 8.1 Update 1 and any Windows Updates released after that.

That is a lot of wasted time both downloading and installing updates, even more so if you have a slow internet connection.

However you can simply install Windows 8.1 with update 1 using your Windows 8 key. This doesn’t matter if the key is a retail key, upgrade key or OEM key this method will work perfectly fine with Windows 8 Core or Pro Editions.

How to install Windows 8.1 as a clean install, without installing Windows 8.0 first.

First you need a clean, untouched Windows 8.1 Update 1 ISO, if you have a Technet or MDSN subscription you can simply download the ISO’s from there like I have. If you don’t i have included the file name and SHA1 of the ISO below, along with a magenet link.

To download the magnet link in uTorrent simply go File > Add Torrent From URL and copy and paste the magnet link in.

Typing the SHA1 Windows 8.1 Update 1 edition you want in to Google should find you a download too. Simply check the SHA1 of the ISO you download to the SHA1 here to ensure the ISO is clean and has not been tampered with.

Windows 8.1 with Update (multiple editions) (x64) – DVD (English)
File Name: en_windows_8.1_with_update_x64_dvd_4065090.iso
Languages: English (US)
SHA1: 4652DC6EBFEBE02C6A63E167C36E3FAEDFB93999
Download: magnet:?xt=urn:btih:F3EA2D2939380BB32F2B67E2E3ABABB5CD202F75

Windows 8.1 with Update (multiple editions) (x86) – DVD (English)
File Name: en_windows_8.1_with_update_x86_dvd_4065105.iso
Languages: English (US)
SHA1: 54B8572556B316A6BECE54C5033564E3296F5951
Download: magnet:?xt=urn:btih:BBC17FEB235417FC8F252A82CCA2CD50F20D16CA

Windows 8.1 with Update (multiple editions) (x86) – DVD (English-United Kingdom)
File Name: en-gb_windows_8.1_with_update_x86_dvd_4048086.iso
Languages: English (GB)
SHA1: 3B589873A08C3AEC7E525968D03878F2A239B187
Download: magnet:?xt=urn:btih:F3EA2D2939380BB32F2B67E2E3ABABB5CD202F75

Windows 8.1 with Update (multiple editions) (x64) – DVD (English-United Kingdom)
File Name: en-gb_windows_8.1_with_update_x64_dvd_4048142.iso
Languages: English (GB)
SHA1: 1F18420D65956DFE56E2359DA71AB6C363146570
Download: magnet:?xt=urn:btih:1e5515925ad8e699cb072716abbf3e3d91af2785

Clean Install of Windows 8.1 Update 1

So you have now obtained a clean Windows 8.1 ISO, you simply want to install Windows 8.1 as normal, however using one of the following default keys below depending on if you have the Core or Pro edition of Windows 8.1

Core: 334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT
Professional: XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB

Please note: The above keys will not allow you to activate Windows 8.1, simply install it.

Installing a Windows 8.0 key on Windows 8.1 via Command Prompt:

1. Run a Command Prompt with administrator rights
2. Type slmgr.vbs -ipk AAAAA-BBBBB-CCCCC-DDDDD-EEEEE (ABCDE is your purchased key for that machine)

Windows 8.1 Product Key Install
3. Reboot and Windows will be activated

Windows 8.1 Product Key ActivateThat it, you have installed Windows 8.1 with Update 1 and activated using your Windows 8.0 key, saving you a lot of time by skipping hours of downloading and updating. I hope this method saves you as much time as it’s saved me over the last year.