Lock screen blur effect can distort the nice looking wallpaper. Here's how you can remove the blur effect on lockscreen in Windows 10.
As part of the login screen improvement, Microsoft made a decision to add an acrylic blur effect to the lock screen wallpaper while you are entering the password or PIN. In general, the blur effect increases the password or PIN field visibility and reduces the overall distraction.
That being said, if you set a gorgeous wallpaper and want it to appear even when you are logging in, you have to manually disable the lock screen blur effect in Windows 10. Disabling the login screen blur is especially useful for those who customized the lock screen wallpaper to meet their needs.
In this quick guide, let me show the process of removing lockscreen blur while logging into Windows 10.
To Remove Blur on LockScreen GPO
These are the steps to remove lockscreen blur in Windows 10 using GPO Group Policy Editor. Windows 10 Pro users can use this method.
- Right-click on the Start menu.
- Select the "Search" option.
- Search for "Edit Group Policy" and open it.
- Go to the following folder. This is where the GPO is located.
Computer Configuration → Administrative Templates → System → Logon
- Find and double-click on the "Show clear logon background" policy.
- Select the "Enabled" option.
- Click on the "Apply" button.
- Click on the "Ok" buttons.
- Close the Policy Editor.
- Reboot Windows.
After rebooting the system, you will no longer see the blur effect on the login screen. i.e, the lock screen wallpaper appears without any blur but with a transparent black layer.
To enable the blur effect back, follow the same steps but select "Not configured" in step 6, save the change, and reboot the system.
Using Registry to Disable Login Screen Blur
Windows 10 Home users can use the Registry Editor to remove blur on the login screen in Windows 10. Before making changes, create a full registry backup just to be safe.
Here the steps you should follow to remove the login screen blur using the registry.
- Open the Start menu.
- Search for "registry editor" and open it.
- Copy the below path.
- Paste it in the address bar and press Enter.
- Right-click on the "System" folder.
- Select the "New → DWORD Value" option.
- Name it "DisableAcrylicBackgroundOnLogon".
- Double-click on the value you just created.
- Type "1" in the Value Data field.
- Press "Ok".
- Close the registry editor.
- Reboot Windows.
After rebooting, you will no longer see the login screen blur in Windows 10. Instead, you will see the full and clear lock screen wallpaper with no distortion. Do keep in mind that you will still see a transparent black layer over the lock screen wallpaper when you are typing the password or PIN.
To reverse the change and enable the blue effect, delete the "DisableAcrylicBackgroundOnLogon" value or change its Value Data to "0"
That is all. It is that simple to remove blur on lockscreen in Windows 10. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible. If you like this article, check out how to disable Cortana on the lock screen and how to find lock screen wallpapers on disk in Windows 10.