Windows 10 let you disable many of the Lock screen features, but lacks options to remove certain functionalities, such as the Network icon, visible in the bottom-right corner, and allows anyone to view and disconnect your device from a Wi-Fi network.
In this article, we'll show you how to modify the Windows 10 Registry Keys to remove the Network button from the Lock screen, and prevent other users from viewing or changing related settings when your Computer is locked.
Remove the Network button from the Lock screen
Note: This is a gentle reminder to let you know that editing the registry is risky, and it can cause irreversible damage to your installation if you don't have much expertise. We suggest you to make a full backup of your Computer before proceeding.
- Use the Windows key + R keyboard shortcut to open the Run command
- Type regedit, and click OK to open the registry.
- Browse the following path:
- Select the System (folder) key, and right-click on the right side, select New, and click on DWORD (32-bit) Value.
- Name the new DWORD DontDisplayNetworkSelectionUI and press Enter.
- Double-click the newly created DWORD and change its value from 0 to 1.
- Close the Registry and restart your computer to complete the task.
Once you completed the steps, you'll now notice that the Network icon is no longer available in the Lock or Sign-in screen, which help you to make your sign-in experience a little more private.
|Sign-in screen with Network button (left) Sign-in screen without Network button (right)|
If you want to see the Network icon again on the Lock screen, just follow the same steps, but on step 5 change the DWORD value from 1 to 0.