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How to Disable Blur on Sign-in Screen in Windows 11

You can disable blur on the sign-in screen in Windows 11 if you don't like this effect. Windows 11 inherited it from its predecessor, which has the same look and feel since 2019.

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Microsoft is using the blur effect for the sign-in screen to make you focus on your password and other credentials. To prevent distraction, the login screen image background appears with acrylic blur. This style also follows the Fluent Design paradigm Microsoft is actively using these days.

Blur On Sign In Screen In Windows 11

If you prefer to have a clear looking login screen background image, there are a couple of methods to disable blur. You can enable a special Group Policy option, which also has a corresponding Registry tweak. Also, you can turn off transparency effects on Windows 11. This will also remove blur from the sign-in screen for your user account. Let's review these methods.

Login Screen With A Clear Background Image

To disable the blur effect on the sign-in screen in Windows 11, do the following.

Disable Blur on Sign-in Screen in Windows 11

  1. Press Win + R and type regedit into the Run box to open the Registry editor.
  2. Navigate to the following branch: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\System. If this key isn't present on your device, then create it manually.
  3. On the right, create a new 32-bit DWORD value named DisableAcrylicBackgroundOnLogon.The System Key In The Registry
  4. Set its value data to 1 to disable the blur effect.Disable Blur On Sign In Screen In Windows 11

You are done. Now you can sign out from Windows 11 and see the change in action. The sign-in screen image background won't be blurred any longer.

The reviewed method is suitable for all editions and versions of Windows 11.

Download Registry Files

To save you some time, I've prepared ready-to-use REG files. Using them, you can enable or disable blur with a couple of clicks.

  1. Download the following ZIP archive.
  2. Extract its contents to any folder of your choice, e.g. right to the Desktop.
  3. Double-click the file Disable Blur Effect On Sign-in Screen Background.reg and confirm the UAC prompt to disable blur.
  4. At any moment later, you can undo the change using the included Enable Blur Effect On Sign-in Screen Background.reg file.

That was easy.

However, if you are running an advanced edition of Windows 11, such as Pro, Education, or Enterprise, you can use the Local Group Policy Editor app. It is a useful tool to change many options of the OS. You can use it to disable the acrylic blur effect on the login screen in Windows 11.

Disable Acrylic Blur on Login Screen in Group Policy

  1. Press the Win + R shortcut keys to open the Run dialog and type gpedit.msc.Gpedit Msc In The Run Dialog
  2. On the left, navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon.
  3. On the right, double-click the Show clear logon background policy option.Show Clear Logon Background Policy
  4. Set it to Enabled in the next dialog window.DisableBlur On Login Screen In Windows 11with Group Policy
  5. Click Apply and OK.

You are done. The blur effect is now disabled.

Finally, as above mentioned, simply disabling transparency effect for your user account will also remove the blurry style of the login screen. In Windows 11, it is part of the transparency effects.

Disable blur for the Windows 11 login screen background with transparency

  1. Open the Settings app by pressing the Win + I hotkey.
  2. Click on Personalization section on the left side.
  3. On the right, click on the Colors button.Personalization Colors Button In Settings
  4. Turn off the Transparency effects toggle option.Disable Blur For Login Screen Background Image With Transparency

This will immediately extra visual effects in Windows 11, along with the acrylic blur for the login screen.

The obvious downside of this method is that your Start menu and taskbar will look less fancy. They, along with Quick Settings and Notification Center flyouts will appear of the opaque color. Also, it changes how context menu and Settings look on the screen. If you are fine with this change, then you can stick with the transparency option. Otherwise, go with the Group Policy tweak.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

3 thoughts on “How to Disable Blur on Sign-in Screen in Windows 11”

  1. Hi,
    I installed Windows 11 on my laptops and do not like it. I do not want to install on my desktop. Please tell me that Weinareo Tweaker will be updated soon to block that mess from my remaining untouched machine!

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