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Is there a feature in xp that you auto log offs the computer after a certain time?

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There is a Microsoft KB which shows you how this can be done, using the winexit.scr screensaver (see below):

This step-by-step article describes how to automatically quit a user's running programs and to log the user off of a workstation after a specified time period.

How to Configure the Winexit.scr Screen Saver:

  1. Use Windows Explorer to locate the Winexit.scr file in the Windows 2000 Resource Kit folder on your hard disk.
  2. Right-click the Winexit.scr file, and then click Install.
  3. The Display Properties dialog box appears with the Screen Saver tab active. The Logoff Screen Saver entry is automatically selected. Click Settings.
  4. Select the Force application termination check box to force programs to quit.
  5. In the Countdown for n seconds box, type the number of seconds for which the logoff dialog box appears before the user is logged off.
  6. In the Logoff Message box, type the message that appears during the logoff countdown. Click OK.
  7. In the Display Properties dialog box, click Preview.
  8. You see the Auto Logoff dialog box. It displays the logoff message and the countdown timer. Click Cancel.
  9. Click OK.

To save you having to download the whole Windows 2000 Resource Kit, head over to and grab the single zipped up file called Winexit from there.

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The link on is broken. – ETL Mar 15 '15 at 2:21

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