In the new version of Windows 10, Microsoft introduced an acrylic blur effect on the login screen. The blur effect not only looks good on almost any wallpaper but also lets the login password or pin field come into our focus. That being said, if you don't like this, you can disable blur on the login screen with just a few clicks. Let me show you how.
Like for many things on Windows, there are two ways to turn off acrylic blur effect on the login screen. The first method uses the Group Policy Editor and the second method uses the Windows Registry. If you are using Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise edition, follow the Group Policy method. It's easy and quick.
Method #1: Disable Acrylic Blur Effect on Sign-in Screen Background via Group Policy
Group policy is the easiest way to enable or disable blur effect on the sign-in screen background. Before making changes, you can backup group policy if you want to.
1. Press Win + R, type
gpedit.msc and click on the "Ok" button to open the Group Policy Editor.
2. Once the group policy editor has been opened, go to the "Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Logon" folder appearing on the left panel.
3. On the right panel, find and double-click on the "Show clear logon background" policy.
4. The above action will open the policy properties window. Here, select the "Enabled" option and click on the Apply and Ok buttons to save changes.
5. To apply the changes, reboot the system. Alternatively, open the command prompt as admin and execute
gpupdate /force command.
To enable blur effect on the login screen, select either Disabled or Not Configured option in step 4 and reboot the system.
Method #2: Registry Method
If you are using Windows 10 Home edition, then you need to use the Windows Registry Editor to disable blur on Windows 10 login screen. Before making any changes, backup registry, just in case.
1. Press Win + R, type
regedit and click on the "Ok" button to open the Registry Editor. In the registry editor, copy the below path, paste it in the address bar and press Enter. This action will take you to the folder we are looking for.
2. Make sure the System folder is selected on the left panel. Right-click on the empty space in the right panel and select "New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value". Name the value as "DisableAcrylicBackgroundOnLogon".
3. Double-click on the newly created value, type "1" in the Edit Value window and click on the "Ok" button.
4. That is it. Restart the system and you will no longer see the blur effect on the sign-in screen.
If you ever want to enable login screen blur effect, either delete the newly created value or change the value data to 0.
That is all. If you like this article, do check out how to enable PIN security on Windows 10, how to automatically lock Windows 10 after some time of inactivity and different ways to lock Windows 10 system.
Hope that helps. If you are facing any problems, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.