Force system logoff with Windows 2000's WinExit screen saver

If users don't log off their machines when they leave for the day, it can lead to potential security risks or hamper nightly backups. An easy way to force users to log off is to use the WinExit screen saver.

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Users are not always very good about logging off of their computers when they leave for the day. However, it might be necessary for all users to be logged off for security reasons or to ensure that processes such as backup can complete successfully. You can force logoff with a screensaver included with the Windows 2000 Resource Kit.

The WinExit (Winexit.scr) screen saver logs off the current user after a specified amount of idle time. When WinExit engages, it displays a dialog box containing a countdown timer and user-defined message. When the timer reaches zero, the screen saver initiates a logoff process.

WinExit requires a registry permissions change to enable non-administrators to use the screen saver. See the Windows 2000 Resource Kit documentation for Winexit.scr to learn which registry setting to change.

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