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Stop windows XP locking Computer

Posted on 2008-06-20
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Hi

I am using 10 XP computers joined to 2003 server domain. We are using the computers in a learning environment and I want to stop the pc's automatically locking after 15 mins or so as it interupts the students when they have to ctrl alt del  and enter thier password.

Could anyone please advise?

Thank you

TD
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Question by:daly29
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by:Seth_zin
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If you don't have a policy in place that causes this. Check to make sure the screen saver is turned off. Then check to make sure the Power Options (under Control Panel -> Power Options) is set to never go into standby and never turn off hard disks. Then it should just always stay logged on/in
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Go to Start, control panel,  screen, screen saver, energy, advanced options and uncheck  "request a password ..."
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by:alikaz3
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Log onto your server, open your default domain policy, and configure the "User Configuration|Administrative Templates|Control Panel|Display" node :

1) Screen Saver Executable Name <not configured>
2) Password Protect the Screen Saver <disabled>

If #2 does not show as enabled to begin with, this may not be what is causing it. Let me know!

 
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by:KCTS
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Use a group policy to set the screen saver, its under
Local Computer Policy\User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Display

Set the "Password protect the screen saver"  option to DISABLED

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by:speede1
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If this is happening on all 10 PCs, you may need to check your Domain Group Policy.  Under User configuration in the group policy, drill down to Administrative Templates, Control Panel, Display, then on the right hand side of the mmc, check if Password protect the screen server is enabled.  If it is please change it to Not Configured or Disabled.
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by:KCTS
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it must be set to DISABLED to you want to stop it happening
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by:virtuatech
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Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_USERS\S-1-5-21-1123561945-329068152-1801674531-1372\Control Panel\PowerCfg]
"CurrentPowerPolicy"="3"

Replace the user SID your see here (S-1-5-21......-1372) with the account being used (find the SID with psgetsid: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897417.aspx)

You can import that key remotely with regedit to each PC.
-Renato
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by:daly29
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I will check this out on Monday when I go back there.

I am worried about the server side as it is a charity organisation who I am helping. They have a software support package with a company who want to charge them £90 an hour to come out and resolve this when I believe it is part of the Server support. I mean they pay £4000 a year for remote support as it is.

I was hoping it was on the Client PC side

My concerns are if I alter the server settings the support company will get shirty
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You can set it on the individual PCs, but the whole point to a group policy is that you can do it centrally
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by:virtuatech
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It is a server-side problem if the Group Policy settings are not configured properly.  Check these:
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Display\Screen Saver "disabled"

That should disable their screens from locking while idle.  You should tell them to pay you instead of the shirty company :)
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Thanks for all the help
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