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Last week we implemented a new account policy that included a screensaver after 15 minutes and locking the computer.  We are getting a lot of feedback from the users about having to constantly put in their password.  It would be nice if we could set the screensaver to come on after 15 minutes or so but not have the computer be locked until 25 or 30 minutes of inactivity. I don't see this option anywhere is group policy since it only has the option to lock the computer when the screensaver comes on but is there a reg tweak or other utility that will allow us to have separate times for this?

We have Windows 2000 servers and Windows 2000 and XP clients.
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sramesh2k earned 2000 total points
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Hi Eagle,

How about increasing the Screensaver grace period. That can accomplish what you need.

Example:
Screen saver grace period bypasses password protection:
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=221784
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I think you are my hero!

Looking at this now but it seems exactly what I wanted.
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Everything seems in order but even after I put the key in and restarted it is still locking as soon as the screensaver kicks on.

This is the reg setting that I imported on my Win2K Server:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon]
"ScreenSaverGracePeriod"=dword:00000e10

Anything wrong with that?  I do have a GPO that is setting the screensaver to the 3d flying objects.  Would that be interrupting this?  The setting is still in place but doesn't seem to be observed.  So far I have only tried this on Windows 2000 Server.
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My script appears to work just fine on Windows XP when I put it in as a string but when I use the above entry on a Windows 2000 box, Pro or Server, it doesn't work.
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Got it.  Even with my Win2K SP4 machines everything should have been string so the documentation is wrong but I got it working.  You're a life saver.
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Great, glad to hear that Eagle. Due to time zone differences (me from India), could not respond fast.
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