The lock screen option may sometimes disappear on Windows 11, leaving you unable to lock your computer. If you’re experiencing similar issues, try restarting your device, press the Windows and L keys, or Ctrl, Alt, and Delete. If the Lock Screen option is still missing, pursue the troubleshooting steps below.
Fix: There’s no Lock Screen on Windows 11
Enable Lock Screen
First, make sure the Lock Screen option is enabled on your device. You can use the Registry Editor or Local Group Policy Editor to enable this feature.
Tweak Your Registry to Enable Lock Screen on Windows 11
- Click on the Search icon and type Registry.
- Open the Registry Editor app.
- Navigate to Computer\HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows
- Then, right-click on the Windows folder.
- Select New → Key.
- Name the new folder Personalization.
- Right-click on the Personalization folder.
- Select New → DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name the new key NoLockScreen.
- Make sure its Value data is set to 0 (zero).
- Save the settings and restart your computer.
Edit GPO Settings to Enable Lock Screen on Windows 11
If you’re using Windows 11 Pro, you can also enable the Lock Screen using the Group Policy Editor. Windows 11 Home doesn’t support the Group Policy Editor.
- Open the Local Group Policy Editor.
- Then, go to Computer Configuration.
- Select Administrative Templates.
- Click on Control Panel.
- Go to Personalization.
- Double-click on Do not display the lock screen.
- Disable this policy.
- Restart your machine.
Repair System Files
Corrupted and missing system files can trigger all sorts of issues, including the Lock Screen glitch that you’re experiencing. Use the System File Checker and Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool to detect and repair broken system files automatically.
- Launch Command Prompt with admin rights.
- Enter the DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-Image /Restorehealth command.
- Hit Enter and wait until your machine finishes running the command.
- Then, enter the sfc /scannow command.
- Restart your computer and check the results.
Reset Your PC
If the issue persists, try resetting your computer. Make sure to select the option that allows you to keep your files.
Navigate to Settings, and select System. Go to Recovery and select Reset this PC. Then, select the Keep my files.
If there’s no Lock Screen available on Windows 11, make sure to enable the option by tweaking your Registry Editor or GPO settings. Then run DISM and SFC to repair system files. If the issue persists, reset your PC and keep your personal files.
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