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.
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.
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.
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
- Press Win + R and type
regeditinto the Run box to open the Registry editor.
- 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.
- On the right, create a new 32-bit DWORD value named
- Set its value data to 1 to disable the blur effect.
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.
- Download the following ZIP archive.
- Extract its contents to any folder of your choice, e.g. right to the Desktop.
- Double-click the file
Disable Blur Effect On Sign-in Screen Background.regand confirm the UAC prompt to disable blur.
- At any moment later, you can undo the change using the included
Enable Blur Effect On Sign-in Screen Background.regfile.
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
- Press the Win + R shortcut keys to open the Run dialog and type
- On the left, navigate to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System\Logon.
- On the right, double-click the Show clear logon background policy option.
- Set it to Enabled in the next dialog window.
- 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
- Open the Settings app by pressing the Win + I hotkey.
- Click on Personalization section on the left side.
- On the right, click on the Colors button.
- Turn off the Transparency effects toggle option.
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.
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