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Locking Windows XP Professional

By thecomputerguy ·
Does anybody know if you can have Windows XP Professional automaticaly lock itself after a certain time of non use. You can lock it with the Windows Key + L but I am looking for something that will automaticaly lock my computer after X amount of time.

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Password protected screen saver?

by awfernald In reply to Locking Windows XP Profes ...

Should solve your problem.

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Setting Lockout times

by BFilmFan In reply to Locking Windows XP Profes ...

This is easily done with a Group Policy Object setting to turn on the screen saver as the previous commentor mentioned.

The policies you are looking for will be in User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Display. The following sub-policies are the ones you are seeking:

Activate screensaver:

If you enable it, a screen saver will run provided the following two condtions hold: First, a valid screensaver on the client is specified via the "Screensaver executable name" policy or via Control Panel on the client computer. Second, the screensaver timeout is set to a nonzero value via the policy or Control Panel.

Password protect the screen saver:

Determines whether screen savers used on the computer are password protected.

If you enable this policy, all screen savers are password protected. If you disable this policy, password protection cannot be set on any screen saver.

This policy also disables the "Password protected" check box on the Screen Saver tab in Display in Control Panel, preventing users from changing the password protection setting.

If you do not configure this policy, users can choose whether or not to set password protection on each screen saver.

This policy is used only when a screen saver is specified for the computer. To specify a screen saver on a computer, in Control Panel, double-click Display, and then click the Screen Saver tab. To specify a screen saver in a policy, use the "Screen saver executable name" policy.

Note: To remove the Screen Saver tab, use the "Hide Screen Saver tab" policy.

Screen saver time out:

Specifies how much user idle time must elapse before the screen saver is launched.

When configured, this idle time can be set from a minimum of 1 second to a maximum of 86400 seconds, or 24 hours. If set to zero, the screen saver will not be launched.

This policy has no effect under any of the following circumstances:

- The policy is disabled or not configured.
- The wait time is set to zero.
- The "Activate screen saver" policy is disabled.
- Neither the "Screen saver executable name" policy nor the Screen Saver tab of the client computer's Display Properties dialog box specifies a valid, existing screensaver program on the client.

When not configured, whatever wait time is set on the client through the Screen Saver tab of the Display Properties dialog box is used. The default is 15 minutes.

Hide Screen Saver Tab:

Removes the Screen Saver tab from Display in Control Panel.

This policy prevents users from using Control Panel to add, configure, or change the screen saver on the computer.


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(The) XP Screensaver does this, however:

by dafe2 In reply to Locking Windows XP Profes ...

Assuming this is for a standalone system:

Right click on your desktop, properties then screensaver.

Assuming this is for a Domain:

Simply modify your default domain policy. Apply no override if you don't want your users to change it on you.

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