How to Edit the Registry Setting for a Workstation Lock Time

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How to Edit the Registry Setting for a Workstation Lock Time
It's easy to change the lockout time in Windows using a graphical user interface. (Yasuhide Fumoto/Photodisc/Getty Images)

It's great to watch a video on your computer -- that is, until your screen saver starts or your login screen appears due to inactivity. This annoying scenario happens to many users, but it can be avoided. You can alter the "lock time" setting by modifying several registry keys or you can change the settings through a more user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI). It's safer to change the settings in the GUI and let Windows edit the necessary registry entries for you. You'll have to alter power settings and screen saver settings.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


    Change Screen Saver Settings

  1. 1

    Right-click on your desktop and choose "Personalize."

  2. 2

    Click the "Screen Saver" link in the bottom-right corner of the window.

  3. 3

    Use the up and down arrows to adjust the number of minutes to wait before turning on the screen saver.

  4. 4

    Deselect "On resume, display logon screen" if you don't want the computer to lock you out when the screen saver turns on.

  5. 5

    Save your changes. Windows will automatically update the appropriate registry keys.

    Change Power Settings

  1. 1

    Click "Change Power Settings" from the "Screen Saver Settings" window.

  2. 2

    Click "Change Plan Settings" next to the selected power plan.

  3. 3

    Click the drop-down lists to select a new setting for putting the computer to sleep. Click "Save Changes." Windows will now save your changes by altering the necessary registry keys.

  4. 4

    Click "Change what the power button does" and click "Don't require a password" if you don't want to be locked out when the system sleeps.

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