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Disabling lock screen and automating login

24 Mar 2016

UPDATE: A more basic setup is described at the following web page.

https://blog.junipersys.com/getting-started-with-the-windows-10-mesa-2-rugged-tablet/

System security on the Mesa 2 is important for maintaining efficient operation and protecting data. See the following web page for additional information.

Importance of system security on the Mesa 2

Though depending on how you are using the Mesa 2, the lock screen which first appears each time you turn on the unit, as well as the required login screen which immediately follows, can become repetitive and frustrating. This is especially so when you are frequently allowing the Mesa 2 to Sleep (either using the automatic timer or by pressing the Power button), such as to conserve power as you are moving between locations in the field.

It is technically possible to disable the lock screen as well as the login screen so these are not required each time you wake or power on the Mesa 2. Though you should check with your system administrator before doing so, as disabling these may be considered a security vulnerability.

Warning: Use the Registry Editor at your own risk. If you use the Registry Editor incorrectly, you may cause serious problems that could require you to restore the operating system from a backup or set it to factory defaults. Microsoft does not guarantee that a system can be recovered when the Registry Editor is used incorrectly. Juniper Systems is not liable if problems occur from editing the Windows registry.

A technical method to disable the initial lock screen using a Windows registry key is described at the following web page.

http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/disable-lock-screen-windows-10

If you are having the Mesa 2 login to a corporate network, you may want to consider just implementing a simple pin login instead of fully disabling the login requirement. To enable a simple pin login, follow the instructions at this web page.

http://www.howtogeek.com/232557/how-to-add-a-pin-to-your-account-in-windows-10/

If you are just using the Mesa 2 with a basic Microsoft account and/or would rather just have the Mesa 2 login automatically (no login screen), follow the instructions at this web page (at your own risk).

http://www.addictivetips.com/windows-tips/disable-login-screen-in-windows-10/

You may also want to change the setting under Start > Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options > Require Sign-in to "Never" so the login screen does not appear after a period of inactivity. But again, doing so is at your own risk.