In Windows 10, there is a hidden option to enable a console login mode. It can be enabled with a simple Registry tweak. It disables the Lock Screen and the Sign-in screen in Windows 10 and turns on a command prompt login window. Let’s see what Microsoft has done with this feature.
The console login mode is not actually a new feature of Windows 10. Some editions of Windows Server use this interface as the only way to authenticate the user. For example, Windows Hyper-V Server 2016 has this console login prompt: Image credits: The Collection Book
In earlier Windows versions, a similar way of sign-in was used for the Recovery Console.
In the stable branch of Windows 10, this feature is experimental and might be removed some day. As of this writing, it works in Windows 10 “Anniversary Update” version 1607, build 14393. Here is how you can enable it.
- Open Registry Editor.
- Go to the following key:
- Create a 32-bit DWORD value named ConsoleMode. Set its value data to 1 to enable the console login mode.
Even if you are running 64-bit Windows, you still need to create a 32-bit DWORD value.
Watch the following video to see this trick in action:
To restore the default login screen appearance and behavior, delete the ConsoleMode value you created.