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    Change Screen Saver Password Grace Period in Windows

    Change Screen Saver Password Grace Period in Windows

    How to Change Screen Saver Grace Period to Bypass Password Protection in Windows
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    How to Change Screen Saver Grace Period to Bypass Password Protection in Windows

    information   Information
    When you turn on password protection of a screen saver, it is not effective immediately. There is a 5 second delay by default between the time that the screen saver locks the computer and the time that the password protection is established. During this screen saver grace period interval, you can use a key press or mouse movement to unlock the computer without having to type the password. This screen saver grace period is designed to minimize the disruption that results when the screen saver starts while the user is working.

    This tutorial will show you how to change the screen saver grace period to how many seconds you want for all users in XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to be able to change the screen saver grace period.




    Here's How:

    1. Press the Win+R keys to open Run, type regedit, and click/tap on OK to open Registry Editor.

    2. If prompted by UAC, click/tap on Yes.

    3. Browse to the key below in Registry Editor. (see screenshot below)

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon

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    4. In the right pane of the Winlogon key, double click/tap on the ScreenSaverGracePeriod DWORD to modify it. (see screenshot above)
    Note   Note
    The ScreenSaverGracePeriod DWORD is not there by default.

    To add the ScreenSaverGracePeriod DWORD, right click or press and hold on an empty area in the right pane of the Winlogon key, click/tap on New, click/tap on DWORD (32-bit) Value, type ScreenSaverGracePeriod for the name, and press Enter.



    5. Select (dot) Decimal, enter a number between 0 and 2147483 for how many seconds of delay you want before screen saver password protection locks the computer, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)
    Note   Note
    0 (zero) seconds will give you no password protection delay for immediate password protection when the screen saver starts.


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    6. You can now close Registry Editor if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn


  1.    26 Aug 2016 #1

    ScreenSaverGracePeriod Worked In Windows 8.1, But Not Windows 10


    Hello, I used to have the "ScreenSaverGracePeriod" option set up for my Windows 8.1, but it doesn't seem to be working for Windows 10.

    Check out: Screen Saver Grace Period to Bypass Password - Change in Windows - Windows 10 Forums

    So after 3 minutes of being idle, my computer Locks and goes to the Lock Screen:
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    Yet I want to have that Screen Saver Grace Period to move the mouse within 5 seconds when I notice the screen go blank right after those 3 minutes, to return back to the Desktop without typing in the password.

    Any ideas? Thanks!
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  2. Posts : 20,786
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
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       26 Aug 2016 #2

    Hello @pepanee,

    It's still working for me in the latest 14905 build of Windows 10.

    You might change the time to be 10 seconds instead as a test to see if that may work better in case you're not getting enough time.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    26 Aug 2016 #3

    Hi Brink, and thank you for all your replies to my issues; you always help me out! Your reply somehow triggered my mind to actually figure out what I did wrong. It was something with the Screen Turning Off that I had confused with the Screen Saver Settings. I had both of them at 3 minutes or something similar that got me confused somehow. But I figured out what I did wrong.

    Thank you so much for your helpful tutorials! =D
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  4. Posts : 20,786
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       26 Aug 2016 #4

    Great news. I'm glad you got it sorted.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  5.    07 Oct 2016 #5

    pepanee said: View Post
    Hi Brink, and thank you for all your replies to my issues; you always help me out! Your reply somehow triggered my mind to actually figure out what I did wrong. It was something with the Screen Turning Off that I had confused with the Screen Saver Settings. I had both of them at 3 minutes or something similar that got me confused somehow. But I figured out what I did wrong.

    Thank you so much for your helpful tutorials! =D
    So what did you do to fix this? The selection to set time to start the screensaver is grayed out. I've lengthened the time to require password, but I've set it to remain on when plugged in, yet I still get the screen saver and require log in.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


  6. Posts : 20,786
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16199
    Thread Starter
       07 Oct 2016 #6

    Hello mperloe, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    I believe it was something to do with the settings below for when to turn off the display when idle.

    https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/2...dows-10-a.html
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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