Using Group Policy Object Preferences to modify the Screen Saver Grace Period

Home > Blogs > Windows Server 2012 > Using Group Policy Object Preferences to modify the Screen Saver Grace Period

Using Group Policy Object Preferences to modify the Screen Saver Grace Period

Like This Blog 0 Rick Trader
Added by February 9, 2015

Within the operating system there is a delay from when the screen saver activates and the system actually locks the display requiring you to enter a password to continue working. This period of time is known as the screen saver password registration interval. During this period, a user can move the mouse or press any key to prevent the password protection to activate. The default time is configured to be 5 seconds but the time can be configured any whole number between 0 and 2,147,483 (default entry is 5). A value of 0 results in no password protection delay.

To reduce the screen saver grace period you can use Group Policy Object Preferences to modify the Screen Saver Grace Period locally by creating the following new key and value in the registry. HKEY-LOCAL-MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon\ScreenSaverGracePeriod with a REG_SZ value of the desired grace period.

1. Create a new GPO to contain your desired settings.

2. In the GPMC edit the newly create GPO.


3. Decide if this setting is going to be a computer or users setting. Computer will be all computers in a given OU, whereas a User will follow the user from computer to computer.

Note: Once configured by a user setting on a computer, it effect all users on the computer.

4. Expand Computer Configuration.


5. Expand Preferences.


6. Expand Windows Settings.


7. Right click on Registry – New – Registry Item.


8. In the New Registry Properties dialog box, in the Action dropdown select Create.


9. Ensure HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE is selected. Click on the ellipse. Expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.


10. Expand SOFTWARE.


11. Expand Microsoft.


12. Scroll down and expand Windows NT.


13. Expand CurrentVersion.


14. Expand Winlogon and click on Select.


15. In the Value name box type ScreenSaverGracePeriod.


16. Leave the Value type as REG_SZ, in the Value data box enter your desires grace period in seconds. For this example I will use 2. Click OK.


17. Exit the GPO editor and link the newly created GPO to the desired OU. During the next GPO refresh the new Registry setting will be applied.

This setting can also be created using REGEDIT locally if the computers are not members of a domain. Click on the following link to accomplish this through a REGEDIT.

Until next time, RIDE SAFE!

Rick Trader
Windows Server Instructor – Interface Technical Training
Phoenix, AZ

Videos You May Like

Creating Users and Managing Passwords in Microsoft Office 365

0 694 3

In this Office 365 training video, instructor Spike Xavier demonstrates how to create users and manage passwords in Office 365.   For instructor-led Office 365 training classes, see our course schedulle: Spike Xavier SharePoint Instructor – Interface Technical Training Phoenix, AZ 20347: Enabling and Managing Office 365    

JavaScript for C# Developers – September 24, 2014

0 491 3

Is JavaScript worth taking the time to learn if I’m a server-side .NET developer? How much of C# carries over to JavaScript? In this recorded video from Dan Wahlin’s webinar on September 24,2014, Dan answers these questions and more while also discussing similarities between the languages, key differences, and the future of JavaScript (ES6). If … Continue reading JavaScript for C# Developers – September 24, 2014

Detailed Forensic Investigation of Malware Infections – April 21, 2015

4 647 5

How does an investigator hunt down and identify unknown malware? In this recording of our IT Security training webinar on April 21, 2015, Security expert Mike Danseglio (CISSP / CEH) performed several malware investigations on infected computers and identify symptoms, find root cause, and follow the leads to determine what’s happening. He demonstrated his preferred … Continue reading Detailed Forensic Investigation of Malware Infections – April 21, 2015

Write a Comment

Share your thoughts...

Please fill out the comment form below to post a reply.