How to disable the login screen’s Fluent Design “Acrylic” blur in the Windows 10 May 2019 update

Fluent Design login screen in Windows 10

How to disable the login screen's Fluent Design "Acrylic" blur in the Windows 10 May 2019 update

To disable Fluent Design on the Windows 10 login screen:

  1. Launch Registry Editor.
  2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows registry key.
  3. Right-click System in the left tree view.
  4. Click New > DWORD (32-bit value) and name the value “DisableAcrylicBackgroundOnLogon”.
  5. Double-click the new value and change its value to “1”.

Applies to Windows 10 1903

With the Windows 10 May 2019 update, Microsoft made a simple but highly noticeable change to the login screen. It now features the “Acrylic” translucent blur effect from Fluent Design, which makes the background image almost unrecognisable in an attempt to focus you on the login form.

If you’d rather keep your background photo visible, without the extra blur, there are a couple of ways to disable the new effect. They’ll both restore your login screen to the same style used by the Windows 10 October 2018 update and prior.

Disabling transparency in Windows 10

The quickest way to achieve this is to disable transparency altogether. Launch the Settings app and click the “Personalisation” category, followed by the “Colours” page from the left menu. Turn the “Transparency effects” toggle button to the off position.

This method disables transparency completely, which might not be what you want. If you’d like to retain Fluent Design transparency but remove the login screen blur, you’ll need to manually edit a registry key. Our usual warning applies – take care when editing the registry, since mistakes could lead to an inoperable system.

Search for and launch the registry editor from the Start menu. Paste the following key into the address bar at the top of the screen and press enter:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows

From the left sidebar, right-click the “System” key in the expanded node. From the context menu, choose New > DWORD (32-bit value). Per HowToGeek, you’ll need to name this value “DisableAcrylicBackgroundOnLogon”. Next, double-click the value to open the value editor and change the data field to “1”.

Disabling Fluent Design on login screen via registry in Windows 10

You’re now done. Try pressing Win+L to lock your PC and display the login screen. You should find the Acrylic effect is gone, so you’re back to having Fluent Design with a standard login screen – how it was before the May 2019 update.

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