Using Regedit.exe to Modify the Screen Saver Grace Period Locally

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Using Regedit.exe to Modify the Screen Saver Grace Period Locally

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Added by April 1, 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, 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 locally use REGEDIT.exe to create 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. Click Start, type regedt.exe in the Search programs and files box, click on regedit in the Programs list.

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2. In the Registry Editor expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.

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3. Expand SOFTWARE.

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4. Expand Microsoft.

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5. Scroll down and expand Windows NT.

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6. Expand CurrentVersion.

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7. Expand Winlogon.

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8. Either right click on Winlogon and click New – String Value or Select Winlogon and on the edit drop down menu click New – String Value.

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9. In the New Value #1 Box type ScreenSaverGracePeriod.

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10. Double click ScreenSaverGracePeriod, in the Value data box enter your desires grace period in seconds.  For this example I will use 2. Click OK.

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11. Exit the Registry Editor and restart the computer.  Your screen saver grace period is now reset.

This setting can also be created using Group Policy Preferences if the computers are a member of a domain and are running Windows 7 or later.  Click on the following link to accomplish this through a GPO.

Until next time, RIDE SAFE!

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

 

 

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