How to stop the lock screen from appearing so fast

Over the past several weeks the lock screen has been seriously importuning.  It’s been pissing me off.

After about 60 seconds of inactivity the computer automatically locks itself requiring me to enter my password to sign in again.  Initially, it wasn’t a big deal but after doing this for the 100th time, I’m sick of it and ready for a change.

It’s one of those things that I simply dealt with because it wasn’t a major computer problem; however, my patience has reached the brim and now I’m going to force Windows to stop displaying the lock screen so quickly.

In this guide I’ll show you how I fixed my lock screen sorrows and how you can fine tune exactly how long it takes the lock screen to appear.

Press the Windows logo key on your keyboard and the letter w to open the search charm.

Type and enter in the following phrase:

administrative tools

Okay, now scroll down and double click Local Security Policy from the tools list.

Windows 8.1 Local Security Policy

In the Local Security Policy snap-in, click Local Policies in the left pane and select Security Options.

Now over in the right pane, scroll down until you find the policy named Interactive logon: Machine inactivity limit.

The policy is probably undefined; double-click this guy so we can define a value.

Interactive logon: Machine inactivity limit

Now you’re in control of your lock screen.

I’m setting mine to 1800 seconds because I want to delay the lock screen by 30 minutes but you can enter virtually any value you want.

Machine will be locked after

Just log off and on to your computer to commit the changes.  No more stupid lock screen getting in the way.

Incidentally, anytime you want to lock the computer screen on demand just press the Windows Key + l (that’s a lower case L for Lock).

Cheers!

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  • Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki

    tried it. didn’t work. 🙁

  • Hagoromo Ōtsutsuki

    has anyone tried adding the .reg file to advanced power settings? under power options?

    http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/8267-power-options-add-console-lock-display-off-timeout.html

  • Sriram .Cherukuri

    no need of it all, go to settings, personalization, lock screen, (scroll to last)screen saver settings, (pop-up)change the time under screen saver(wait:[_]) or deselect the tick that says, “on resume, display logon screen” pls try must.

  • Sriram .Cherukuri

    no need of it, all go to settings, personalization, lock screen, (scroll to last)screen saver settings, (pop-up)change the time under screen saver(wait:[_]) or deselect the tick that says, “on resume, display logon screen” pls try must.