Registry Tip : Screen Saver Password Grace Period

by Wayne Maples [Published on 20 April 2004 / Last Updated on 20 April 2004]

NT screen saver has a grace period after screen comes up before you have to enter password.

Your screen saver pops up. SP4 gives you a 5 second grace period to press a key before you have to enter a password to unlock the screen saver. To adjust:

Hive: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
Key: Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
Name: ScreenSaverGracePeriod
Type: REG_SZ
Value: 0-2147483secs
I like 30 seconds.

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