In Windows XP, it really annoys me when my computer idles for a few minutes and then the screen locks. I try to be careful not to leave my laptop lying around, so I prefer my screensaver not to be password-protected.
In order to make it so that your computer won’t lock itself after a few minutes, do this:
- Run ‘regedit’ to edit your registry
- Navigate down the tree to HKEY_CURRENT_USER > Software Policies > Microsoft > Windows > Control Panel > Desktop and look for an entry ScreenSaverIsSecure. You want to make sure the value for ScreenSaverIsSecure is 0 (zero).
- Exit regedit; you’re done!
Now just remember not to leave your laptop sitting around at your local den of identity theft.
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