Monday, February 25, 2013

Windows 8 - Modify Lock Screen Timeout Period

So I am doing some tuning of my new Windows 8 Enterprise install and one of the things I like to change is the Lock Screen timeout. Essentially this is the setting that turns off your monitor(s) a minute after you lock your computer. If I am just stepping away for a moment I don't like to have to wake my monitors back up again every time I step away, especially if you have older monitors that take extra time to wake up.

So the first thing you need to do is enable the power setting that controls this feature in the registry. Copy the following code to a text file and save it as LockScreen.reg:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00


Go ahead and run the registry file once its created.

Once you have changed the registry setting go into the Control Panel then Power Options. From here you want to Change plan settings of the currently selected plan.

 Then you want to Change advanced power settings

In the Advanced settings scroll down and expand Display. Then expand Console lock display off timeout (which is the setting you enabled in the registry).  You can then adjust your timeout settings for On battery and Plugged in.

Once you have made your changes Click OK and you are done!

More to come!

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