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Remove logon.scr on Host during/after Remote Desktop session

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Is there a way to disable the screen saver/logon screen on the Host computer while there is a remote desktop session active?  If that is not possible how do I make the Host PC go back (login) to the desktop after remote client disconnects.  This is a HTPC which I manage with Remote Desktop in XP Profesional.
The screen saver is disabled and I use TweakXP to autologon at boot.
Thanks for any help,
Mariusz
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Hi farfromuman,

Key is :

HKEY_USERS\.default\Control Panel\Desktop
ScreenSaveActive = 0

You must also change this value in all users - ie. S-1-5.xxx that are already created.

Regards,

Netman66, MCSE, MCT
Microsoft MVP Team
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I changed all the instances to 0 but the screen saver and logon screen still kick in as soon as the session starts.
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Hmmm...

Try removing the SCREENSAVE.EXE key value in each of those locations.

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Still there, just to clarify the host shows the "this computer is locked bla bla bla" window and you have to enter the password to get back in.
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Oh..I think I completely misunderstood this! hehe...

So, when you remote in, the screen locks on the host?

I think this is due to the way the MS has setup this feature - so the console cannot be used during remote sessions.

Have you thought about TightVNC instead?  It's free and doesn't lock consoles.

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by:Netman66
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farfromuman,

Your comment about logon.scr threw me.

Here is some reading:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;279656&Product=winxp

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315328&Product=winxp

Note in second link - Section 3, step 8.

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That is correct, I might have not worded the Q corectly. I used TightVNC and PCAnywhere before, VNC was always slow and PCAnywhere hogs memory this is on a 100mb home network. I might give VNC another try if I can't resolve this. Is there a version of VNC that is faster or optimized for ethernet?
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farfromuman,

The only option I see for you is to restart the PC from the Remote Session - unless VNC is an option.

http://www.tightvnc.com/
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farfromuman,

Sorry - posted together there.

TightVNC seems pretty good - it is more optimized than straight VNC.
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Netman66,

I installed VNC and so far its not too bad, screen updates don't happen sometimes when they should.  I also miss the easy file transfer option when working from a remote network. I will award the points to you if I don't find a solution in the next few days.
Thanks for all the help.

Mariusz
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You're welcome!
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