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Disable "Turn off monitor"

By bcpgm ·
I have about 150 computers logged on as the same user name and password.
I?d like to change a Windows setting (?Turn off monitor? to Never) on all those computers.

I am thinking of elevating the user to the power user and then change the setting on each computer, one at a time. If elevating the user can be done using AD or Group Policy, the whole process would be easier.

I?d like your suggestions or ideas.

Thank you.

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Huh

by shasca In reply to Disable "Turn off monitor ...

You want to use the Operating system to lock down the monitors on and off switch?
Ain't gonna happen.

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If you've got 150 users all the same name ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Disable "Turn off monitor ...

Why did you bother giving them all the same password?

I mean, it's not as if any of them are gonna hide it? :^0

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Minimum use of computers

by bcpgm In reply to If you've got 150 users a ...

The computers are for fatory operators that assemble, test, or repair products. Their primary use of computers are to read fixed documents (drawings) necessary to do their jobs. All instructions are on the computer, not on the papers. No need to have individual user name and password. The monitors get turned off after 20 minutes of non use of the computers. The operators need to either move the mose of punch a key on the KB to ge the screen back.

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"All instructions are on the computer,." - So why not ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to Minimum use of computers

Put up an instruction that illustrates to each of your 150 factory operators, how to stop the monitor from blanking off after 20 minutes.

Start > Control Panel > Display (OR Right click an empty part of the desktop) > 'Screensaver' [TAB] > 'Power' [BUTTON] (in Monitor Power lower box). Power Schemes [TAB] > select 'NEVER' in 'Turn Off Monitor' window. Click 'Apply', click 'OK', click 'OK'.

If they are all capable of reading detailed working instructions and drawings, surely they could read a 3-line instruction to stop the screen blanking?

On the other hand, what is so difficult about "The operators need to either move the mose of punch a key on the KB to ge the screen back."???

Another factor to consider is the prevalence of long periods when these factory operators may not be using the computer terminal at all. If you make all the monitors stay on all the time, you might notice a marked increase in your electricity bill for the next quarter!

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Power user

by bcpgm In reply to "All instructions are on ...

You have to be a Power User to change the setting.

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How to use Powercfg.exe in Windows Server 2003

More info here on using Powercfg.exe:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/324347

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
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I'll try it

by bcpgm In reply to How to use Powercfg.exe i ...

I'll let you know if it works or not.
Thanks for your suggestion.

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No problem. :)

Please post back if you have any more problems or questions.
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Power user again

by bcpgm In reply to How to use Powercfg.exe i ...

To run Powercfg, you have to be a power user, I found out.
Ideally, if there's a way to make a user Power User on all those 150 workstations through group policy or something, then I can run Powercfg via logon script.
Thank you for your reply.

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Well you only

by Jacky Howe In reply to Power user again

have one account to elevate to a Power User if all users are logging on with the same account.
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You could also add this to the logon script to let you know how many PC's were updated.
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Create A hidden share on the file server EG: Trace$. It was origianlly called from the users logon script %0\..\batfile.bat. You will have to modify it. I originally used this with 98 on a nt4 domain.
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You will have the Computername and be able to count them and when they are all modified you can remove the restrictions.
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@echo off<br>
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echo %computername% > %computername%.txt<br>
type c:\%computername%.txt >> \\"server"\trace$\%computername%.txt
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