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Posted on 2004-10-07
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Does anyone know how much time before the screensaver password dialog will appear after the screen goes blank?

Is this a standard time? Can I change it? Can I get the screen saver to ask for a password as soon as it switches on?

(In case you don't know what I'm talking about try this... Turn on password protection in the Windows ScreenSaver and set the timeout to about 1 minute. Then let the machine go idle for over a minute. Then a few seconds after the screen saver kicks in, move the mouse to turn off the screen saver. Note that the screen saver doesn't ask for a password. As a second test, let the screensaver run for a minute or so and then move the mouse. Now, the password is asked...  I want the password to show in both cases, no matter how long the screensaver has been running.)

-- Bubba
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That's by design, it's called the "Grace Period". Here's how to change it:

Screen saver grace period bypasses password protection
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=221784
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open notepad and copy the following into a new document then save the file as screensaver.reg (make sure you change the "save as type" to "all files":

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]

"ScreenSaverGracePeriod"=dword:00000000
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forgot to add after you save the file double click on screensaver.reg and click yes when it askes if you want to modify the registry.
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