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Screen Saver Lock

by Larry B / April 29, 2005 3:36 AM PDT

my company is using a automatic screen saver lock so nobody could use you computer for security purposes,hmm. Question: is there any user programs out there i could use to keep my screen active instead of having to punch my password in all the time?

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Probably, but...
by Yew / April 29, 2005 4:02 AM PDT
In reply to: Screen Saver Lock

Chances are you would greatly annoy the IT people by putting something like that onto a work system. So the next time you had a problem, they'd probably put you below all other tasks, getting to you when they're damn good and ready.

The setup is there for a reason, and it doesn't involve you deciding you can't be bothered to spend 5-6 seconds typing in your password. If you're away from your desk so much that it's a problem, then it seems as if you have other issues to deal with.

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Screen saver registry key
by Rich G. / April 29, 2005 8:17 AM PDT
In reply to: Screen Saver Lock

I have no idea what type of user profiles your company uses or how they configures user access permissions, however if you can gain full control access to your profile or registry the follows keys may be of interest.

The key that determines if the a screen saver is password protected is at:
HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\ScreenSaverIsSecure - a value of 0 means it is not password protected and 1 means that it is protected.

A few other keys of interest are:

HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\ScreenSaveActive - 1 means user has selected a screen saver; 0 means the user has not chosen a screen saver

HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\ScreenSaverTimeout - idle time in milliseconds before the screen saver activates

HKCU\Control Panel\Desktop\SCRNSAVE.EXE - specifies name and path of the screen saver.

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screensaver lock
by Larry B / May 3, 2005 4:13 AM PDT

thanks for the advice

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